Transportation-efficient land use mapping index (telumi), a tool to assess multimodal transportation options in metropolitan regions

Anne Vernez Moudon, D. W. Sohn, Sarah E. Kavage, Jean E. Mabry

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The Transportation-Efficient Land Use Mapping Index (TELUMI) is a tool to visualize and to quantify micro-level metropolitan land use and development patterns as they affect travel demand. It can assist transportation and urban planning authorities in identifying zones where land use supports multimodal travel and in determining a region's transportation system efficiency. An application of the TELUMI in the Seattle region showed that residential units and employment concentrated in transportation-efficient areas covering less than 20 percent of the region. An interactive,multi-scaled tool, the TELUMIcan also supportscenario buildingto simulate land use changes that improve transportation system performance. Key Words: Geographic Information Systems, land use, mapping index, metropolitan, multimodal travel, transportation efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-133
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

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Funding Information:
The research was supported by the Washington State Department of Transportation in cooperation with U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. We thank King Cushman, Michael Hubner, Rocky Piro, and John Shadoff for their valuable inputs over the course of the project; and Kathy Lindquist for her support.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation


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