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Telecommuting and Travel: State of the Practice, State of the Art

  • Mokhtarian, Patricia L.

This paper provides an overview of the status of telecommuting in the United States, especially as it relates to changes in travel behavior. Regarding the state of the practice, the paper discusses some refinements to the definition of telecommuting that have developed through increased operational experience. It reports several policy statements involving telecommuting, and explores the appeal of telecommuting as a public policy instrument. It highlights some trends in the implementation of home-based and work center-based telecommuting, and suggests that visible public-sector involvement has been crucial to the increased activity in this area. In sketching the state of the art, the paper outlines some frequently-stated hypothesis on telecommuting and travel behavior, and summarizes current empirical findings relating to those hypotheses. Finally, it suggests a variety of topics suitable for further research. These include studying factors influencing the ultimate adoption levels of telecommuting; impacts of energy/air quality, mode choice, and location/urban form; interactions with other transportation demand management strategies; relationships to the traditional urban travel demand forecasting process; cost/benefit tradeoffs; and telecommuting centers.

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Paper provided by University of California Transportation Center in its series University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers with number qt4zc486ph.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 1991
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt4zc486ph
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  1. Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 1992. "Defining Telecommuting," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt7k47f97v, University of California Transportation Center.
  2. Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1990. "A Typology of Relationships Between Telecommunications And Transportation," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt4rx589m0, University of California Transportation Center.
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