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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2019 TOPIC AREA: Public transit, land use, and urban mobility Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

Analysis of Activity-Travel Patterns and Tour Formation of Transit Users

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-19-33

Funding source: Caltrans

Contract number: 65A0674, TO 033

Funding amount: $80,609

Performance period: May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021


Project Description


The activity based approach has become widely used to analyze individual and household activity patterns and associated travel behavior. The complexity of travel behavior has significantly increased over the years as individuals respond do different activity demands and to the changing supply environment, measured by both congestion and cost, as well as emerging technologies. While personal vehicles arguably provide the most flexibility in terms of managing travel needs, the more sustainable mode of transport is public transit. This study will investigate the daily activity pattern and tour formation of transit users, to address the following: (1) Do transit users follow different tour patterns than car users? (2) Does transit put extra barriers on people's choice of tours? (3) If so, are there any particular socio-demographics groups that are most affected? To narrow down the scope, this study envisions to analyze activity-travel pattern and tour formation for selected disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, such as captive transit riders (zero vehicle owners), senior citizens, women, people with low income and people living in rural areas. The study will use the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) dataset. Several multivariate analytical techniques, such as structural equation modeling (SEM), logit models, and pattern recognition techniques, will be applied to conduct the necessary analysis. The results of this study will help to formulate necessary policies to improve mobility and to reduce access barriers for the target groups.




Michael McNally
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
4048 Anteater Instruction & Research BuildingIrvine, CA 92697-3600
United States
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