MODELING THE MODAL CHOICE DECISION PROCESS

Most models of modal choice are macroanalytic in nature - focusing on the behavior of large groups of travelers - and have limited explanatory power. Transportation managers need to know more about the decision processes of individual travelers in selecting a mode for a particular trip, if they are to be able to develop strategies for influencing these decisions. A microanalytic model of modal choice is therefore developed in flow-chart form, clarifying the stages in the modal choice decision process for any given trip. Individual consumers are seen as trying to satisfy a particular travel need by first specifying the characteristics of the trip itself and then specifying the "ideal" modal attributes required for this trip. Next, the perceived characteristics of a limited number of modes are evaluated against this "ideal" solution and the consumer is assumed to select that mode which provides the best match. The model explicitly recognizes the impact of psychological variables on modal choice as well as the consumer's need for information if he or she is to evaluate realistically all alternatives. (A) /TRRL/

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Lovelock, C H
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 253-65
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131800
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1981 12:00AM