Real Estate Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

10-2011

Publication Source

American Economic Review

Volume

101

Issue

6

Start Page

2616

Last Page

2652

DOI

10.1257/aer.101.6.2616

Abstract

We investigate the effect of lane kilometers of roads on vehicle-kilometers traveled (VKT) in US cities. VKT increases proportionately to roadway lane kilometers for interstate highways and probably slightly less rapidly for other types of roads. The sources for this extra VKT are increases in driving by current residents, increases in commercial traffic, and migration. Increasing lane kilometers for one type of road diverts little traffic from other types of road. We find no evidence that the provision of public transportation affects VKT. We conclude that increased provision of roads or public transit is unlikely to relieve congestion.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.