Getting from home to a transit stop without using a car is the principal transportation problem facing most suburban commuters. Under the current system, the first and last part of a commute trip is made in the commuter's private car. This study explores the concept of Suburban Centers, which would allow commuters to walk or bike from home to nearby arterial streets and board buses or join car or van pools traveling in a special outboard high occupancy vehicle lane, instead of driving a private car to a park-and-ride lot. The concept is based on the premise that closer coordination between land use and transportation planners can dramatically reduce the need for travel in private cars, and allow for the accommodation or more commuters through a combination of foot, bicycle, and HOV transit/carpool use.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Bicycling, Carpools, Commuters, High occupancy vehicle lanes, High occupancy vehicles, Land use, Pedestrians, Ridesharing,Public transit, Regional planning, Suburbs, Transportation planning, Urban design, Walking.