Performance Of Regional Transportation Systems Compared

A new study by the US EPA looks at transportation systems in 13 metropolitan areas to determine if selected characteristics have an impact on transportation and environmental performance.
March 1, 2004, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The United States invests billions of dollars annually into the nation's transportation systems. Getting the most from this investment requires an understanding of the impacts that different investments have on transportation performance, environmental protection, and consumer transportation choices. EPA’s new study, Characteristics and Performance of Regional Transportation Systems begins to address these issues... The study found that:In four of the five size groups, the regions that have more route choices, better pedestrian environments, and more transit availability, also exhibit lower vehicle miles of travel per capita, shorter vehicle trip length, less congestion, more transit trips and fewer emissions compared to their peers. In one group the two cities were essentially tied."

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Published on Monday, March 1, 2004 in U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
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