Relationships between Land Use and Transportation


Photo Credit: Faiyang Zhang, USC MPL 2016

The relationship between transportation and land use is an enduring topic in urban planning, geography, and urban economics. My research addresses the impacts of transportation investments on urban structure, how transportation affects accessibility, how the value of transportation is capitalized into land values, and how land use change may be influenced by transportation. My current research examines relationships between freight transport and land use, impacts of rail transit on urban development, and the comparative accessibility of transit and private vehicles.

Work in Progress

Schuetz, J., Giuliano, G., & Shin, E-J (2015). Is Los Angeles becoming transit oriented? (Under Review – Read Report)

Schuetz, J., Giuliano, G. & Shin, E-J (2016). Does zoning help or hinder transit-oriented (re)development? (Under Review)

Boarnet, M., Giuliano, G., Hou, Y., & Shin, E-J (2015). First/last mile transit access as an equity issue. (Under Review)

Giuliano, G., Hou, Y., Kang, S. & Shin, J-S (2015). Polycentricity and the evolution of metropolitan spatial structure.

Giuliano, G., Kang, S. & Yuan, J. (2015). Using proxies to describe the metropolitan freight landscape. (Under Review – Read Report)

Recent Publications

Giuliano, G. (2017). The land use impacts of transportation investments, Chapter 9 in, Giuliano, G. and Hanson, S., eds., (2017) The Geography of Urban Transportation, fourth edition. New York: Guilford Press, forthcoming.

Rodrigue, J-P, L. Dablanc & Giuliano, G. (2016). The freight landscape: Convergence and divergence in urban freight distribution, Transport Policy, forthcoming

Hu, L. and Giuliano, G. (2014). Job accessibility, poverty concentration, and employment outcomes, Journal of Urban Affairs, doi 10.1111/uaf. 12152. [Link]

Agarwal, A., Giuliano, G., & Redfearn, C. (2012). Strangers in our midst: The usefulness of exploring polycentricity, The Annals of Regional Science, 48(2), 433-450. [Link]

Giuliano, G., Redfearn, C., & Agarwal, A. (2012). Network accessibility and the evolution of employment, Urban Studies, 49(1), 77-95. [Link]

Transportation Policy Analysis

traffic-jamMy main interest is in how public policy affects the use and impacts of the transportation system. I am particularly interested in whether policies work as intended, and why we so seldom systematically evaluate our policies so that we can learn from our experiences. Currently I am doing more policy design than research, including advising at the federal and state level on freight policy.

Work in progress


Recent publications

Giuliano, G. & Hanson, S. (2017). The Future of Urban Transportation, chapter 14 in Giuliano, G., & Hanson, S. eds., The Geography of Urban Transportation, 4th edition. New York: Guilford Press, forthcoming.

Acciaro, M., Vanelslander, T., Sys, C., Ferrari, C., Romboutsos, A., Giuliano, G., Lee-Lam, J. & Kapros, S. (2014). Environmental sustainability in seaports: A framework for successful innovation, Journal of Maritime Policy and Management, 41(5), 480-500.

Giuliano, G. and A. Linder (2014) Impacts of the Clean Air Action Plan on the port trade industry, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 6(2), 172 – 188. [Link]

DaBlanc, L., Giuliano, G., Holliday, K. & O’Brien, T. (2013). Best practices in urban freight management: Lessons from an international survey, Transportation Research Record.2379, 29-38. [Link]

Information Technology Applications in Transportation


Advances in information technology and communications are changing transportation in many ways. In addition to the much discussed disruption of web-based transportation services such as Uber or Carma, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications have been gradually changing transportation for the past few decades. My interest is in why some technology applications are embraced, and others are not. My general finding is that institutions and organizational relationships play a significant role.

A second aspect of ICT advances is the availability of ever larger and more dis-aggregate data on travel behavior and the transportation system. Urban planners (and social scientists more generally) have been slow to take advantage of these new data sources. My interest is in exploring how these new data sources can be used in innovative ways to address questions we previously did not have the means to answer.

Work in progress

Giuliano, G., Rhoads, M. & Chakrabarti, S. (2016). A Framework for Monitoring the Regional Transportation System, presented at ACSP and NARSC 2014.

Recent publications

Giuliano, G., Chakrabarti, S. and Rhoads, M. (2016). Using Regional Archived Multi-modal Transportation System Data for Policy Analysis: A Case Study of the LA Metro Expo Line, Journal of Planning and Education Research, 36(2), 195-209.

Chakrabarti, S., and Giuliano, G. (2015). Does Service Reliability Determine Transit Patronage? Insights from the Los Angeles Metro Bus System. Transport Policy, 42, 12-20.