Accessibility and the journey to work

David M. Levinson

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This study analyzes the effect of accessibility to jobs and houses at both the home and work ends of trips on commuting duration for respondents to a household travel survey in metropolitan Washington, DC. A model is constructed to estimate the effects of demographics and relative location on the journey to work. Analysis finds that residences in job-rich areas and workplaces in housing-rich areas are associated with shorter commutes. An implication of this study is that, by balancing accessibility, the suburbanization of jobs maintains stability in commuting durations despite rising congestion, increasing trip lengths, and increased work and non-work trip making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Accessibility
  • Commuting
  • Job-housing balance
  • Journey-to-work
  • Travel time


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