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Transportation System Ecology

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What is the ecology of transportation systems? How does the nature of road configuration across a landscape affect things like traffic congestion, land use, human health, and air quality?

Over recent years, transportation systems have been recognized as broader contexts for communities. Take streets, for example. Instead of just focusing on how efficiently they can serve the automobile to get from place A to place B, streets and their design across the natural & built environment can also serve as public spaces where crucial social & economic exchanges take place.

In this video, Dale Azaria brings us into the complex world of transportation issues. Using Chittenden Country, Vermont as a case study, she explores how the arrangement of the built environment in space affects how much travel people need to do. She uses tools like Simulation Modeling and Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) to look at current transportation trends as well as possibilities for where the system may be heading in the future.

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