Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas (TRB, 2015)

While hundreds of studies have investigated how land use affects daily driving in urban and suburban areas, very few of those studies have looked at small communities and rural areas. This handbook is intended to help fill that gap by providing insights into the relationship between a small/rural area’s existing development patterns and changes in daily driving after hypothetical new growth. The handbook offers a vocabulary of land use characteristics that are significant in small communities and rural areas. It also estimates the change in daily driving per person after hypothetical growth occurs according to different development visions or scenarios.

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