Modeling and Assessing the Impact of a Traveler’s Preference on Transit Route-Choice Behavior.

Considering and integrating the unique preferences of a traveler in navigation in transit networks may improve their travel experience, especially for travelers with disabilities. This study proposes a new normative approach to improve a traveler’s door to door travel experience. In addition to known attributes of a traveler’s utility, such as waiting time, the number of transfers, and the total travel time considered in prior efforts, this study incorporates a user-preference cost function for finding the most accessible sidewalk path in all walking-only choice problem, and the travelers’ risk-tolerance for travel time uncertainties in transit links in the walk-transit-walk choice problem. Travelers’ risk-tolerance for travel time uncertainties is modeled using the exponential function approximated by the mean-variance utility function. A realistic assessment of the effect of the user-defined preferences on a travelers’ path choice is presented for a small section of the Boston transit network, with schedule data from the Massachusetts bay transit authority.


  • English

Media Info

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

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02784
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:19AM