Assessing the Potential for Reducing Life-Cycle Environmental Impacts through Transit-Oriented Development Infill along Existing Light Rail in Phoenix

Mindy Kimball, Mikhail Chester, Christopher Gino, Janet Reyna

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Abstract

There is significant interest in reducing urban growth impacts yet little information exists to comprehensively estimate the energy and air quality tradeoffs. An integrated transportation and land-use life-cycle assessment framework is developed to quantify the long-term impacts from residential infill, using the Phoenix light rail system as a case study. The results show that (1) significant reductions in life-cycle energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, respiratory, and smog impacts are possible; (2) building construction, vehicle manufacturing, and energy feedstock effects are significant; and (3) marginal benefits from reduced automobile use and potential household behavior changes exceed marginal costs from new rail service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-410
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • air quality
  • energy
  • environment
  • greenhouse gases
  • growth management
  • housing
  • land use
  • life-cycle assessment
  • sustainability
  • transit-oriented development
  • transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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