This report describes how various factors influence choice of travel to work of people who commute to work to Madison from surrounding satellite communities. This report summarizes one facet of a large study the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has undertaken to develop models for forecasting urban work trips. The Department has developed these models for two purposes: to help individual urban areas in designing their transportation plans by providing models that capture the interrelationships between various types of transportation people take to work; and secondly, to help form statewide policies concerning urban transportation. The first purpose is accomplished by furnishing direct modeling assistance to individual urban areas, by an overall technical report and this brief summary of results for commuter travel between Madison's downtown areas and its satellite communities. The second purpose--drawing statewide policy implications--is accomplished by another summary report concerning travel choices to work in Milwaukee County, the city of Madison, the Fox River Valley, and four cities with roughly 50,000 people, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Janesville and Beloit. Of all types of travel--work, shopping, social, recreational or school trips-trips to work comprise the largest share, 20% to 40% of all urban trips. Work trips are also among the least discretionary. Thus, the number of trips to and from work remains relatively constant regardless of gas price, parking costs andd so forth; yet the number of trips by a particular type of travel to work can change significantly. This feature of work trips is one of the main reasons we have focused on them exclusively in this study. Future travel forecasting studies will examine other types of travel. This study is based on surveys containing experiments mailed to licensed drivers in August, 1980. The findings are expected to remain valid at least three to five years. (Author) (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Division of Planning and Budget
    Madison, WI  United States  53702
  • Authors:
    • Hyman, W A
    • Aunet, B
    • Nelson, J
    • KOCUR, G
  • Publication Date: 1981-10

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00450018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 8:55PM