Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban and Regional Planning


School of Urban Planning and Regional Studies

Major Professor

Renne, John

Second Advisor

Nelson, Marla

Third Advisor

Amdal, James


A growing consensus among planners and policy-makers is that the automobile-oriented city, one that dominates the American landscape, is no longer sustainable. Such concerns demand a search for ways to promote alternative forms of travel. To this end, this study employs a multiple linear regression analysis in order to determine the relationships between the share of public transit and walking/bicycle commuting and variables representing three categories: urban form measures, socio-demographic and household characteristics, and the presence of a transit-oriented development. These relationships were examined in thirteen metropolitan regions.


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