Travel Behavior Analysis with Chittenden County Survey Data

The greater Burlington region of Chittenden County, Vermont is the only small urban area in the state. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission conducted travel behavior surveys in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. These surveys are unique in the degree to which they collect information about traveler attitudes and priorities for regional transportation investments, as well as the degree of consistency in their survey instruments, enabling a unique opportunity to analyze changes over time. The surveys each contain disaggregate (individual-level) data, and 2006, 2012, and 2018 surveys each contain approximately 500 observations and were designed to be representative of the regional population. This project is an opportunity to conduct the first original travel behavior research using the data from these surveys. The research team will conduct a literature review and background research, including the generation of several maps of the study area that provide a visual representation of the spatial layout of travel facilities, key transit routes, and demographics such as density and poverty. Using the data from the four surveys, researchers will conduct regression modeling to assess the relationship between the outcomes of interest and the factors that influence them. The survey designs are particularly well-suited to the factor identification and cluster analysis techniques that aid in traveler segmentation, used to better understand characteristics of the subgroups within the population. This project may inform transportation policy and planning in small urban areas, as well as efforts to more effectively target subgroups in the population most willing and able to reduce their car reliance.

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project ID #4W8510

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hamre, Andrea

  • Start Date: 20200630
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201031
  • Actual Completion Date: 20201031
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764667
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Western Transportation Institute
  • Contract Numbers: Project ID #4W8510
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 3 2019 1:09PM