Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Activity-Travel Scheduling: A Survey in the Greater Toronto Area

The COVID-19 lockdown provided many individuals an opportunity to explore changes in their daily routines, particularly when considered in combination with an ever-changing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) landscape. These new routines and alternative activities have the potential to be continued in the post-COVID era. Understanding the changes in routine is essential for transport planners to accurately model activity-travel scheduling. This study seeks to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on activity-travel behavior and the utilization of alternative solutions from ICT. A particular focus is anticipating the long-term implications of this disruption on activity-travel scheduling. Focusing on five of the most repetitive activities in the daily schedule (working, grocery and non-grocery shopping, preparing/eating meals, visiting family/friends), this study investigates the changes in frequency and mode of completing these activities during the lockdown and shortly after reopening. Through a combination of graphical and statistical analysis, the authors find an increased preference for home food preparation over online ordering and that individuals are wary of in-person shopping until a large proportion of the population has received a vaccine against the virus. Respondents prefer to work at home, provided they have access to suitable home office supplies (e.g., desk, chair, computer monitor). Those with children also require adequate childcare before considering a return to the workplace.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02331
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:14AM