RESIDENTIAL LOCATION AND THE JOURNEY TO WORK. AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS

The inter-relationship between residential location and transport decisions is explored to formulate and test a behavioural model of modal choice. The model incorporates residential decision making and examines its impact on modal choice for the work trip. The data to test the model were obtained from a mail survey of 2078 new residents in 36 San Francisco bay area communities. This survey resulted in only 118 usable observations. Probit analysis was used to estimate the model which included transport, residential and socio-economic variables. Terms were included for relative travel costs and time, family income, the number of rooms, the age of a home, the density of housing, property tax rates and the public services available in the area. Sex and age were found to be insignificant. The results showed that residential location is a significant factor in modal choice. The analysis could be used to predict the effect of changes in the spatial structure of a community upon modal split. /TRRL/

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    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • McCarthy, P S
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Accession Number: 00173343
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM