, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 529–533 | Cite as

The built environment and travel behavior: making the connection

  • Jessica Y. Guo
  • Cynthia Chen

We are thrilled to serve as guest editors of this third special issue of Transportation on a much debated topic: the inter-relationship between the built environment and travel behavior. Comprising five papers presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and subsequently accepted for publication, this special issue displays a continued partnership between Transportation and TRB in their commitment to take on emerging and timely issues and disseminate the state-of-the-art knowledge to a worldwide audience.

The proposition that the built environment influences individuals’ travels is not new. As early as in 1958, the now well-known Chicago Area Transportation Study revealed an inverse relationship between auto ownership and population density (Hamburg 1958). In the following year, the Highway Research Board Bulletin 230 also showed population density as a major factor influencing transit and automobile use in urban areas (Adams 1959). What is new about...


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  2. Hamburg, J.R.: A comparison of car ownership and density - Chicago and Detroit. Chicago Area Transportation Study. Res. News 2(15), 3–7 (1958)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin – MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Civil EngineeringCity College of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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