Not So Fast: Traffic Delays, Access, and Economic Activity in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area

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Author(s):  Andrew Mondschein, Taner Osman, Brian D. Taylor, Trevor Thomas

Traffic congestion, it is argued, is a major economic threat for American cities because it wastes commuters’ time and inhibits business growth. This argument is used to support the construction or expansion of roads, and to impede development because of traffic concerns. But how important are high travel speeds in the ability of workers to access jobs and in the locational choices of new firms? Previous studies have measured the effect of travel speeds on job access, or have considered how proximity affects job access, but little research examines how the two—travel speeds and distance—combine, across a large region like Los Angeles or the Bay Area, to determine overall accessibility. To address this gap in knowledge, researchers from UCLA and UVA recently examined the relative effect of average travel speeds and proximity upon job access and new firm formations in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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