A variety of research methods to learn about traveler subgroups can be used to differentiate among travelers and to explain travel patterns and problems. This paper evaluates indirect methods (such as literature reviews and expert interviews), unobtrusive methods (such as field observations and written record analysis), and direct methods (such as informal conversations, large sample surveys, and long-term personal interviews with subgroup members). The best features of these methods can be successfully incorporated into long-term meetings that involve small sets of homogeneous panels of travelers. Widespread use of the panel method, in combination with other resarch methods, is encouraged to explain subgroup travel behavior, identify travel problems, determine preferred solutions, and forecast and assess the impacts of policies and programs. Panel discussions seem particularly productive for helping transportation-disadvantaged subgroups such as the elderly, the handicapped, and the young. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-6
  • Monograph Title: Social and economic factors in transportation planning
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  • Accession Number: 00163013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025966
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM