Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

A Quartet Of Resource Center Best Practices Articles

More News & Resources:

Four articles from the 2013 issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use have been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

  • What is mixed use? Presenting an interaction method for measuring land use mix 
    In recent decades, the mixing of complementary land uses has become an increasingly important goal in transportation and land use planning. Land uses mix has been shown to be an influential factor in travel behavior (mode choice and distance traveled), improved health outcomes, and neighborhood-level quality of life. However, quantifying the extent to which a given area is mixed-use has proven difficult. Much of the existing research on the mixing of land uses has focused on the presence and proportion of different uses as opposed to the extent to which they actually interact with one another. This study proposes a new measure of land use mix, a land use interaction method—which accounts for the extent to which complementary land uses adjoin one another—using only basic land use data. After mapping and analyzing the results, several statistical models are built to show the relationship between this new measure and reported travel behavior.
  • The impact of transport, land and fiscal policy on housing and economic geography in a small, open growth model 
    This study proposes a spatial model to examine dynamic interactions among growth, economic geography, the housing market, and public goods in a small, open economic growth model. We emphasize the impact of transport, land and fiscal policy on the spatial economy.
  • An Agent-Based Model of Origin Destination Estimation (ABODE) 
    This paper introduces ABODE, an agent-based model for Origin-Destination (OD) demand estimation, that can serve as a work trip distribution model. The model takes residential locations of workers and the locations of employers as exogenous and deals specifically with the interactions between firms and workers in creating a job-worker match and the commute outcomes. It is meant to illustrate that by explicitly modeling the search and hiring process, origins and destinations (ODs) can be linked at a disaggregate level that is reasonably true to the actual process.
  • Microsimulation framework for urban price-taker markets 
    In the context of integrated transportation and other urban engineering infrastructure systems, there are many examples of mar­kets, where consumers exhibit price-taking behavior. While this behavior is ubiquitous, the underlying mechanism can be captured in a single framework. Here, we present a microsimulation framework of a price-taker market that recognizes this generality and develop efficient algo­rithms for the associated market-clearing problem.