The Regional Impacts of Near-Term Transportation Alternatives

A Case Study of Los Angeles

by William T. Mikolowsky, Jean R. Gebman, William Stanley, G. M. Burkholz


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 6.4 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback152 pages $15.00 $12.00 20% Web Discount

This study has attempted (1) to predict the range of pollutant emissions, and resulting air quality through 1990 in Southern California, as determined by various levels of technological emission control; (2) to predict the reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) induced by various near-term incentives and disincentives; and (3) to set forth a menu of local government strategies, showing for each the consequent effect on air quality, fuel consumption, and personal mobility, along with the costs of implementing the given strategy in 1977. It is concluded that there are several combinations of transportation management alternatives that, with some change in travel habits and additional costs, can improve air quality greatly, retain mobility for the citizen, and reduce VMT by at least 20 percent. That national standards for air quality can be completely attained — even by 1990 — in Southern California remains a matter of doubt.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.