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Research Project
Relationships Between Land Use, Transportation, Household Expenditures, and Municipal Budgets in Small Urban Areas

Important relationships exist between land use, transportation, and household or municipal expenditures. Previous research at the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) had studied small urban sprawl and land use patterns in a small urban area and their corresponding impacts on transit. This research will build upon previous SURTC research by examining the overall linkages between land use, transportation, household spending, and municipal budgets. The study will estimate the impact that land use characteristics and use of smart growth strategies or transit oriented (TOD) development has on transit use, mobility, per capita vehicle miles traveled, per capita GHG emissions, and household transportation costs. The study would further investigate the impact on municipal budgets of implementing livability principles. The relationships between land use characteristics, transit usage, and municipal budgets in small urban areas will be explored. The results will be useful to planners in smaller communities when evaluating the costs and benefits of different land use strategies or livability principles.

Objectives

  1. Examine smart growth strategies, use of transit oriented development, and implementation of livability principles in small urban areas
  2. Identify the relationship between land use characteristics and transportation use in small urban areas
  3. Estimate the impacts of land use characteristics and transportation use on household expenditures in small urban areas
  4. Identify the relationship between land use characteristics and use of alternative transportation modes on municipal budgets in small urban areas
NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050
(701)231-1064surtc@ugpti.org