Do California Residents Save Money on Transportation Costs by Living in Transit-Oriented Developments?

The objective of this project is to evaluate whether California residents save money on transportation costs by living in neighborhoods that are served by high-quality rail transit. This study is aligned with SB-1 Objective 4. This study will quantify and compare transportation-cost savings for residents in transit-oriented development (TODs) in eight Californian metropolitan areas. To address the potential self-selection bias, I will estimate propensity score to match residents in TODs (the treatment group) with similar residents outside of TODs (the control group) and compare their transportation expenditures. The findings from this study will inform transportation planning and practice that aim to promote equitable TODs in California.

Principal Investigator: 

Hongwei Dong

PI Contact Information: 

hdong@csufresno.edu
California State University, Fresno

Project Number: 

2012