CONCLUSION

Our reading of the evidence presented in this chapter is that the net effect of telecommunications and of all other travel motivations across the economy and society as a whole is to increase simultaneously the usage of telecommunications and transportation. There are just as many ways that telecommunications serves to increase trip making as there are ways that telecommunications saves trips. Whether telecommunications is serving as a net reducer of travel demand is unclear pending future results from a sophisticated, computer-based analysis of travel and telecommunications data from an entire nation or large region. This is discussed later as a recommendation.

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