Travel Behavior Over Time

Principal Investigator(s):

David Levinson, Former U of M Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering


  • Jason Cao, Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Yingling Fan, Associate Dean for Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Michael Iacono, Former Research Fellow, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering
  • Greg Lindsey, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

Using detailed travel surveys (the Travel Behavior Inventory) conducted by the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul (Twin Cities) Region in Minnesota for 1990, 2000-2001, and 2010-2011, this research analyzed changes in travel behavior over time. Specifically it looked at changes in travel duration, time, use, and accessibility; telecommuting and its relationship with travel and residential choices; transit service quality and transit use; effects of age and cohort; and changes in walking and bicycling. Much has changed in this period. including the size of the region, demographics, economics, technology, driver licensing, and preferences. This research examined, 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. While this research cannot hope to untangle all of the contributing factors, it aims to increase understanding of what did happen with some explanation as to why. 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.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2013078
  • Start date: 04/2013
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Modes

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