Congestion is universally unpopular, but is it always a problem? Are some places more “congestion-adapted” than others? Using data for Los Angeles, CTS researcher, Andrew Mondschein, and his collaborator, Brian Taylor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, examined whether the geographies of congestion and accessibility are distinct by mapping and describing them across neighborhoods. Controlling for factors such as income and working at home, the researchers found the effects of congestion on access depend on whether congestion-adaptive travel choices (such as walking and making shorter trips to nearby destinations) are viable.

Read the Journal of Transport Geography article.