Long-Distance Travel and Social Network Geography

The thesis project will advance basic knowledge of the long-distance and intercity travel behavior in order to inform more sustainable transportation planning. Long-distance travel currently accounts for few trips but many miles, including air miles in the overall system. Some estimates are as high as 30% of the miles and thus energy used in the transportation system are for intercity trips. While thought leaders have proposed that social network geography is expanding and that this relates to longer trips and travel, very limited data have been collected. Few social network researchers incorporate physical location of contacts into their work opting instead for measurement of emotional closeness and face-to-face contact frequency. Long distance travel is difficult to measure and improvements to survey methods will be pursued in this project. The overall objective of this project is to increase understanding of the relationship between social network geography and long-distance travel. “Big Data” may be used to assess annual activity spaces. On-line survey instruments may be used to collect data on social network geography and levels of travel. The survey effort builds on a pilot effort implemented in a prior NCST project.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $60000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Howerter, Sarah

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01713613
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2019 3:07PM