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Learning from Los Angeles: Transport, Urban Form, and Air Quality


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  • Wachs, Martin
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    Los Angeles is well known around the world as an automobile-oriented low density community, yet recent transportation policies have emphasized greater capital investment in rail transportation than in highways, and recent policies have attempted to discourage automobile usage through transportation demand management. While these policies have accomplished small shifts toward public transport and somewhat lower dependence upon singly occupied automobiles for work commuting, the financial costs of these policy changes has been very large in relation to their benefits. Proper pricing of transportation alternatives, more creative use of new and emerging transportation technologies, and the provision of many more opportunities for simpler private sector transport services, would all appear to be more promising as cost-effective approaches to coping with congestion in Los Angeles than the current regional transportation policies.

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    Paper provided by University of California Transportation Center in its series University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers with number qt2wv0h7rq.

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    Date of creation: 01 May 1993
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt2wv0h7rq

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    Keywords: Policy; urban form; Los Angeles; transport economic; Social and Behavioral Sciences;


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