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Can Consumer Information Tighten the Transportation/Land-Use Link ? A Simulation Experiment
  • Asha W. Agrawal, San Jose State University
  • Jonathan Levine, University of Michigan
  • Daniel A Rodríguez, University of North Carolina
  • Jumin Song

Our results suggest two main findings: Providing bundled accessibility and housing information resulted in the selection of preferred locations that were closer to major destinations, as compared to the selections of individuals without access to the information; and individuals in the experimental group selected properties closer to transit lines that serve their destinations than members of the control group. Thus, providing housing seekers with information about their transit options from each unit may influence certain population subgroups to choose more transit-friendly locations than they would otherwise select. Our findings have implications for both the research and policy communities. At the level of public policy, the results suggest that information targeted towards individuals who are relocating can be used to enhance the attractiveness of locations that support multiple travel modes. Transportation and urban planners, health promoters, transit agencies, universities, and other institutions interested in promoting walking, bicycling, and transit use will find our results useful. For researchers, our results provide new evidence about how the connection between transportation and land use can be strengthened through policy attention that focuses on how transportation information can guide locational decisions.

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Asha W. Agrawal, Jonathan Levine, Daniel A Rodríguez and Jumin Song. "Can Consumer Information Tighten the Transportation/Land-Use Link ? A Simulation Experiment" (2006)
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