Intra–Regional Variations of Commuting Times in a Decentralized Urban Area

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Selima Sultana, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A lively policy debate, the effect on travel time of the decentralization of employment, has emerged as decentralization of the urban form becomes more evident over time. Researchers have argued that greater centrality leads to higher commuting costs, which encourages decentralization of urban form. (10) Gordon et al. (8, 9) found that deconcentration and relocation of both firms and households accompanying metropolitan growth have alleviated the potentially adverse impact of congestion. Decentralized employment centers provide a spatial structure conducive to residential site choices that allow shorter commuting times. In a study of the San Francisco Bay area, which has a distinct decentralized urban form, Cervero and Wu (5) found that commuting trips made by suburban center employees were shorter than those employed in larger and denser urban centers. Based on the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Sultana study found that each employment center and subcenter's commuting time was strongly correlated with their relative location to the CBD. (12)

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Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conference, Vol. 25, pp. 183–189
Language: English
Date: 2002
urban decentralization, Atlanta, CBD, commuting

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