CURS Senior Research Associate Brian J. Morton is the principal author of a recently released handbook Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas. The handbook, co-authored by Joseph Huegy of North Carolina State University and John Poros of Mississippi State University, was prepared for the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).
The authors write that while hundreds of studies have investigated how land use affects daily driving in urban and suburban areas, “[v]ery few of those studies have looked at small communities and rural areas. This handbook is intended to help fill that gap by providing insights into the relationship between a small/rural area’s existing development patterns and changes in daily driving after hypothetical new growth. The handbook offers a vocabulary of land use characteristics that are significant in small communities and rural areas. It also estimates the change in daily driving per person after hypothetical growth occurs according to different development visions or scenarios.”