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Technical Memo 2: Travel and Energy Impacts of Telecommuting


Research Report

Suggested Citation:
Handy, Susan L. and Patricia L. Mokhtarian (1993) Technical Memo 2: Travel and Energy Impacts of Telecommuting. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-93-15

This report reviews existing findings with respect to the impact of telecommuting on travel, energy use, and air quality. The goal of this review is to develop impact factors that reflect the impact per telecommuting occasion. Findings from eight studies of telecommuting pilot programs are evaluated. Travel impacts analyzed include person- and vehicle-miles saved due to a reduction in commuting, overall travel reductions, and other changes in travel patterns. Both travel energy reductions and household energy increases are evaluated. Reductions in emissions of air pollutants are also analyzed. Impact factors are presented in terms of the absolute change and the percentage change per telecommuting occasion.
Prepared for the California Energy Commission.