Activities Conducted While Traveling: An Examination of their Impact on the Value of Travel Time Savings

From early studies of time allocation onward, it has been acknowledged that the "productive" nature of an activity such as travel could affect its utility. Yet until recently, there has been very little empirical assessment of such an effect, in particular the potential effect of activities con¬ducted while traveling on the (dis)utility of the trip and thence the value of travel time savings for such a trip. The proposed investigation aims to make a contribution to the small but growing literature on travel multi-tasking. Specifically, in this continuation of a multi-year study, we plan to proceed with a conceptualization of travel multi-tasking, including the development of a typo¬logy based on dimensions such as motivation, effect, equippedness, passivity/activity, and others. In addition, we will design a survey intended to measure travel multi-tasking attitudes and behaviors, sociodemographic traits and other relevant variables, together with a stated preference exercise in which respondents will be asked to choose between travel alternatives varying on the dimensions of time, cost, and ability to multi-task. We will also develop the sampling and ad¬ministration plan for the survey, preparatory to conducting it the following year should continuation funding be approved.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Performing Organizations:

      Sustainable Transportation Center/ITS-Davis

      University of California, Davis
      Davis, CA  United States  95616
    • Principal Investigators:

      Mokhtarian, Patricia

    • Start Date: 20081001
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110930
    • Source Data: RiP Project 20899

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01468379
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center/Institute of Transportation Studies
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0022, R03-2
    • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:50PM