David Levinson, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
The Metropolitan Council has recently completed its 2010-11 Travel Behavior Inventory (TBI). The release of these data will enable the region to better understand how residents make decisions about whether, when, where, why, and how to travel. Coupling this with previous regional travel behavior surveys completed in 2001, 1990, 1982, and 1970 allows us to understand how changes to transportation networks (transit, highway, and nonmotorized), the use of land, demographics, and socioeconomics have affected travel behavior. This research will investigate changes in behavior over time and space, examining in turn the effects of investment, development, and population change on behaviors for the Minneapolis-St. Paul region as a whole and for areas within the region. This will inform transportation engineers, planners, economists, analysts, and decision makers about the prospective effects of future changes to networks, land use, and demographics while also evaluating the effects of previous network investments.