The Role of Environmental Concerns, Lifestyles, Mobility-Related Attitudes and Peers' Influence in Affecting Travel Behavior and Aspirations Towards the Purchase of Private Vehicles of Young Adults in California

Recent research has highlighted significant modifications in travel demand, suggesting a "VMT Peak", and a peak in car ownership among young adults in California and the rest of the United States. In order to investigate this topic, and the motivations behind these trends, this study will undertake a detailed investigation of travel behavior and the propensity to purchase a car among young adults (aged 18-30) in California. Through the assistance of a commercial vendor, the project will develop a representative sample of the population of young adults in California, and administer an online survey developed as part of the project. The research will explore the impact of a range of factors, including personal attitudes and preferences (e.g. about travel, the adoption of technology, the adoption of alternative-fuel vehicles, social, economic and environmental issues), lifestyles, the urban form, the individual's living arrangements, the influence of peers and online social networks. The study will build on other studies and provide critical insights into the motivations affecting young persons' travel behavior and car- ownership aspirations, and will allow researchers and policy-makers to better understand likely future trends in travel demand and the potential responses to policies designed to increase transportation sustainability.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    CA, 95616    United States

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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

    Circella, Giovanni

  • Start Date: 20141001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37114

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01554045
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2015 1:00AM