How telecommuting affect travel: recent findings from the literature
2001 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Transportation has steadily increased since the Second World War, and the trend towards increasing congestion in most urban areas is of great concern for traffic planner. There is one single factor that may reduce this travel-increasing trent though, the new flexible work form of telecommuting where people work from home on a regular basis during regular working hours instead of commuting back and forth to the main workplace at the conventional times. The aim of this paper is to provide an understanding of the telecommuters' travel choices by formalising the main empirical findings within the field. Main findings are that commuters' travel does decrease, not by a hundred percent on telecommuting occasions as initially expected, but approximately by fifty percent. This halving of the substitution effect mainly depends on the frequently occurence of part day telecommuting. The anticipated increase in non-commute travel only occurs marginally. Finally, travel mode choices seem to be affected by telecommuting, in that half-day telecommuting stimulates car usage in preference to public transportation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87657DiVA: diva2:590015
Cities of Tomorrow: human living in urban areas - transportation of people and goods, the 4th Research Conference, August 23-24, Gothenburg