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Project Status: active

Title: Assessing the Travel Demand and Co-Benefit Impacts of Affordable Transit-Oriented Developments

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Chapple, Karen

Contractor: UC Berkeley

Contract Number: 16RD003

Research Program Area: Climate Change

Topic Areas: Behavioral Change, Impacts, Sustainable Communities, Transport

Research Summary:

Senate Bill 375 (SB 375) requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in California to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of their federally mandated Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), to demonstrate how, largely through reduced travel demand and vehicle miles traveled; they will meet regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets set by ARB. Affordable housing in transit-oriented developments has been recognized as a potential travel demand reduction strategy. However, to date very limited empirical, peer-reviewed research has evaluated the impact of preserving or building affordable housing on travel behavior and associated GHG emissions. The objectives of the research project are to evaluate the impact that preserving and building affordable housing in transit-oriented areas has on travel demand and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and to assess the economic, health, and well-being impacts on the associated residents.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Research Division staff at (916) 322-3893

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