An Equity Analysis of California Household Fuel Consumption by Income and Place

This research examines the relationship between household fuel consumption, income, and place in California. We will analyze data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, which includes data from more than 26,000 California households. More specifically, we will assess patterns in vehicle type (make, model, and year) and household mileage to estimate household fuel consumption. The results will be analyzed by household income and place (urban v. rural).

San José State University
Principal Investigator: 
Asha Weinstein Agrawal
PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112

Asha Weinstein Agrawal

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation: 

The project findings will be of great value to California (and other) policymakers considering the transition from fuel taxes to a road-user charge. Two equity concerns almost always raised during any discussion of this transition are how the transition would impact low-income households and rural households. Despite this concern, there is no research available using high-quality, recent travel behavior data to assess the extent to which those concerns are true, given current California travel patterns.

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