Association between Telecommuting and Household Travel in the Chicago Metropolitan Area

Extensive research has examined numerous transportation outcomes of home-based telecommuting, but few studies have investigated the outcomes of household-level travel. This article explores whether telecommuting is associated with different levels of household travel for various trip purposes, using 2008 household travel survey data of the Chicago metropolitan area. Results suggest that less-frequent telecommuters tend to undertake longer one-way journey-to-work (JTW) distances than frequent telecommuters and nontelecommuters; households with less-frequent telecommuters have longer JTW distances than the other households. Telecommuting is not associated with the durations of school trips or routine shopping trips but is associated with longer total daily trip duration on the days that telecommuters go to their workplaces. On the telecommuting days, households with less-frequent telecommuters tend to travel the similar amount as households without telecommuters, and those with frequent telecommuters tend to travel less.


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  • Accession Number: 01597469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2016 3:02PM