Synthesis of Traveler Choice Research: Improving Modeling Accuracy for Better Transportation Decisionmaking

Over the last 50 years, advances in the fields of travel behavior research and travel demand forecasting have been immense, driven by the increasing costs of infrastructure and spatial limitations in areas of high population density together with externalities in these areas. The field has changed from supply-oriented planning to incorporating and managing demand. As such, methods from a variety of disciplines have been borrowed and extended to explain human behavior and interaction. Many experts have called for better data collection and methods of analysis across a number of time horizons, that is, integrated supply and demand models that capture travel behavior over time and space. A new paradigm may be called for to address the present challenges of model integration; user preferences, heterogeneity, and endogeneity; habitual behavior; and human socializing. This report provides a synthesis of the state of knowledge in travel behavior research and identifies gaps in existing data, methods, and practices that must be filled to meet the analysis needs of an emerging class of supply- and demand-side interventions that seek to leverage the opportunities of real-time information.

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    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    The Transportation Center
    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Evanston, IL  United States  60208

    Federal Highway Administration

    Research, Development and Technology
    6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Mahmassani, Hani S
    • ORCID 0000-0002-8443-8928
    • Koppelman, Frank
    • Frei, Charlotte
    • Frei, Andreas
    • Haas, Robert
  • Publication Date: 2013-8


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 60p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01491442
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HRT-13-022
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-06-D-00005
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 12:25PM