Capturing the Links Between Transportation and Land-use
What came first, the chicken or the egg? This adage is often evoked to describe the relationship between transportation systems and the development of cities: What comes first, roads or people?
The ways that transport systems and land-use interact to affect everything from job location to household location have been recognized since the beginning of modern planning. More recently, transportation and land-use have been seen as the principal means for sustainable planning. That motivates Dr. Zachary Patterson, Canada Research Chair in Transportation Land-use Interactions and Regional Sustainability, to explore how transportation and land-use planning can be used to ensure sustainable outcomes.
Patterson is using observational, behavioural and statistical approaches to study and predict transportation land-use interactions and the environmental and social outcomes that result. Understanding these dynamics is critical to accurately assessing the impacts and potential benefits of investment in transportation infrastructure.
Patterson’s research will lead to the development of tools and techniques that will ensure that transportation land use interactions result in more sustainable outcomes for cities.