Research Program Area: Economic Analysis
California's air quality in many metropolitan areas has deteriorated to the point that residents are concerned enough to rouse their legislators to protect and improve air quality through enaction of new legislation (The Clean Air Act of 1990). While the federal statutes place certain demands on improving California's air quality, California's air quality standards are more rigorous than the federal standards or any other states standards. The major contributor to air pollution is vehicle emissions. This study focuses on the relationship among land use density, mixture, transit accessibility and vehicle use. The last item stems from travel behavior, which in turn reflects attitudes and behavior patterns. Our need to understand the underlying factors of travel decisions and the attitudes indicating which decision will be made has lead to the undertaking of this study.
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of the California Air Resources Board Staff as well as Chuck Purvis of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for providing the San Francisco Bay Area demographic and land use data base for this study. In addition we acknowledge all the graduate and undergraduate students who contributed to the endeavor, including: Ram Pendayala, Bagher Baharder, Sherri Hardiman, Francisca Mar, Prasuna DVG Domadula, Brandy Olson, Jarnie Rundgren, Tom Hoang, Catherine Kawachi, and Tzuoo-Ding (Roger) Lin. In addition we appreciate the logical order and questionnaire syntax suggested by Stephen Potter, of the Open University in London, England, and John Robinson of the University of Maryland. Thanks to Susan O'Bryant for her vigilant oversight of the budget and attention to a
myriad of other administrative details.
For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Research Division staff at (916) 445-0753
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