The Impact of Residential Location, Lifestyles, and Emerging Technologies on the Travel Behavior and Vehicle Ownership of Young Adults ("Millenials") in California

Young adults (“Millennials”) have shown a dramatic modification in their lifestyles and travel behavior in recent years, and they are attributed a major role in the recent “car peak” observed in California and the US. Still, the motivations behind millennials’ behavior are not thoroughly investigated to date, and it is unclear whether their modified transportation patterns are only temporary, or represent a long-term trend in travel demand, which will further affect future growth patterns of Californian cities. To investigate this topic, this study builds on an existing National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)/California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) research project which funded an ambitious data collection on millennials’ personal preferences, lifestyles, residential location, adoption of technology, car ownership, travel behavior (by different transportation modes) and future aspirations to purchase a vehicle, from a sample representative of the population of young adults (aged 18-35) in California. As part of the current grant, the research team plans to analyze the collected data, integrate additional information available from other sources, e.g. the land use characteristics of where millennials live, and develop multivariate statistical analyses of millennials’ travel behavior, car ownership and propensity to purchase and use a private vehicle. The study will allow researchers and policy-makers to better understand future trends in travel demand, including potential shifts in the use of transportation modes and the potential response to policies designed to increase transportation sustainability.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Circella, Giovanni

  • Start Date: 20151001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578141
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2015 2:20PM