URBAN COMMUTING: CONGESTION AND CATECHOLAMINE EXCRETION

Male passengers regularly commuting to Stockholm by train were interviewed on two mornings at different levels of congestion, before and after the introduction of petrol rationing in 1974. One group travelled the whole length of the route, the other travelled halfway. Subjective experience was gauged by self ratings, and physiological stress was measured by catecholemine concentration in urine. The results showed that discomfort increased as the train approached Stockholm and the number of passengers rose. Perceived congestion increased with the square of the number of passengers. On both trips, adrenaline levels were lower in the group travelling a longer distance, and they were higher in both groups when the train was more crowded. This supports previous findings that stress in travelling by train depends more on social and ecological conditions during the trip than on its length or duration. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Stockholm University, Sweden

    P.O. Box 6701
    S-11385 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Lundberg, U
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 453
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 1 1981 12:00AM