Increases in vehicle ownership enlighten southern California’s decrease in public transit ridership

Although national transit ridership has remained steady over the last decade, ridership in Southern California has been on the decline. The Southern California Association of Governments released a report offering explanations for why transit ridership has been decreasing in the six counties participating in the association.

Lower VMT of TOD the result of density more than rail

A study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association argues that the rail transit frequently used to define transit-oriented development is not the most important factor in reducing vehicle miles traveled and car ownership. Overall density and the availability of parking were shown to be the most important variables in predicting reduced driving.