Measuring and Modeling Travel Well-Being

Transportation project evaluation is heavily focused on the assessment of travel time and cost savings to the end users. There are, however, other intangible benefits to transportation improvements manifested in lower anxiety, greater pleasure, etc. which might be more important to the travelers. This project aims at measuring travel well-being under various travel conditions with a focus on congestion and for different population groups. We will collect self-reported and physiological indicators of well-being and use advanced analysis and modeling techniques to identify the interrelationships between travel well-being, its causes, indicators, and travel behavior. One major contribution will be that the well-being measurement and in-depth understanding of traveler behavior will derive new demand functions, leading to better product attributes, public policy measures, and successful project evaluations. By proposing new evaluation methods for congestion mitigation policies and understanding the travel well-being causes of different population groups, the project contributes to the areas of disruptive demographics and disruptive environments of the UTC theme. The overarching goal of this project is to develop and test a framework for the measurement and modeling of travel well-being. There are three main objectives: (1) Developing and testing a travel well-being measurement model: this will be accomplished through the use of reported well-being measures obtained from travel surveys and physiological indicators obtained from driving simulation experiments. (2) Identifying the drivers of travel well-being and relating it to behavior: the individual specific and travel related data collected from the surveys and experiments will be used to model travel well-being as a function of its causes. The impact of well-being on subsequent travel choices will then be modeled. (3) Estimating the benefits of the travel well-being approach: the modeling approach using travel well-being will be compared against the traditional approach of using generalized cost functions, and the implications of the travel well-being approach for transportation project evaluation will be assessed.


    • English


    • Status: Completed
    • Contract Numbers:



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ben-Akiva, Moshe

    • Start Date: 20060901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 19606

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466332
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0001, MITR19-1
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:14PM