How does induced travel affect sustainable transportation policy?

Robert B. Noland, Christopher S. Hanson

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Induced travel has long been debated among transportation professionals and frequently ignored by planners when considering policy. (Induced travel refers to the observation that congested roads quickly gain new traffic after they have been expanded.) In fact, this has been observed since Western nations began to motorize and to construct major road facilities.1 Policy initiatives to implement more sustainable transportation systems frequently overlook the role that increased road capacity can play in undermining the objective of achieving greater sustainability. This chapter examines the theory and available evidence on induced travel effects and links this knowledge to policy considerations for achieving sustainable solutions, including the impact on oil dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransport Beyond Oil
Subtitle of host publicationPolicy Choices for a Multimodal Future
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781597262422
ISBN (Print)1597262420, 9781597263634
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science


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