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Short And Long Term Effects Of Sustainable Mobility Policy: An Exploratory Case Study


  • Irene Casas

    () (, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo-SUNY)

  • Maria Teresa Borzacchiello

    () (Department of Transportation Engineering , University of Napoli “Federico II”)

  • Biagio Ciuffo

    () (Department of Transportation Engineering , University of Napoli “Federico II”)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    () (Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit)


The aim of the present paper is to offer an exploratory contribution to the general debate on sustainable transport, in particular from the perspective of impact assessment of sustainable transport policy. Specifically, starting from data available from different public sources in the United States, two different types of analyses are conducted: (1) comparison of the declared short term results of the most practical policies applied (e.g. ramp metering, HOV lanes, etc.); and (2) an analysis of mobility data to interpret long term effects of policy previously and semi-unconsciously applied. In particular, the latter point has a more innovative character with respect to the former. It is based on the assumption that, specifically in the West Coast of the United States, at a local scale (e.g. states), policies that would be defined as sustainable today, have already been applied in the past.

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  • Irene Casas & Maria Teresa Borzacchiello & Biagio Ciuffo & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "Short And Long Term Effects Of Sustainable Mobility Policy: An Exploratory Case Study," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(1), pages 13-28, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:iv:y:2012:i:1:p:13-28

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    1. Gudmundsson, Henrik & Hojer, Mattias, 1996. "Sustainable development principles and their implications for transport," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 269-282, December.
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    sustainable mobility; Clean Air Act; transport policies; California;

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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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