Vibrant downtown areas are linked to greater public transit use and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from driving, according to a new report.
The peer-reviewed research report, “The Impact of Center City Economic and Cultural Vibrancy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation,” authored by Matthew J. Holian, PhD, and Matthew E. Kahn, PhD. and published by The Mineta Transportation Institute is available for free here.
“Many studies have shown that urban sprawl is associated with more driving and less public transit use,” said Dr. Holian. “However, the existing literature provides little guidance for policy makers on how to reverse sprawl and reduce vehicle emissions. Our report suggests that a vibrant urban core may plausibly affect land use and transportation patterns. So, that leaves us with a key question. Can policy makers promote green cities by fostering a vibrant center core?”