Successful land use patterns must optimize many location factors, such as schools, mobility networks, public safety, and patterns of health, as well as economic costs and benefits of infrastructure and tax base. Publicly owned lands, and private, are increasingly viewed as “green infrastructure” – as necessary a system to maintain a region as any other type of investment.
Many regions are diversifying their transportation networks by improving transit services and coordinating investment with other infrastructure such as emerging centers, water supply, open space areas, and schools. A shift in perceptions about mobility needs is driving efforts to bring housing and jobs closer together to mitigate long commutes.
The effort to reduce daily vehicle miles traveled (DVMT) depends on planning and building a comprehensive multi-modal transportation system to strategically distribute work, personal and other trips. The effort also depends on individuals and families to adapt their lifestyles and travel behaviors to take best advantage of the system available to realize savings in fuel, emissions, time, and improving quality of life.