SURVEY OF THE ATTITUDES OF INTERCITY AUTOMOBILE TRAVELERS TOWARD INTERCITY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The study consisted of a personal survey of 2167 households, based on a national probability sample used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the Current Population Survey. The objective of the investigation was to examine four areas of intercity passenger travel: changes in overall travel occurring since 1972, the year of the last National Transportation Survey (NTS); conscious changes in travel behavior which have occurred as a result of the household's perceived response to the increased availability of gasoline since 1973, the year of the gasoline shortage; potential changes in non-business intercity travel which are likely to occur due to rising gasoline prices; and, the examination of unique intercity travel submarkets in which public transportation has the greatest likelihood of diverting travelers away from the private automobile for specific travel purposes. The data which were collected are primarily perceptual, i.e., no attempt was made to measure actual travel behavior (e.g., travel logs). Therefore, to the extent possible this study represents an attempt to measure the public's attitude toward various characteristics intercity travel by bus and rail (as compared to travel by automobile) and their past (and likely future) demand for intercity travel. These data were then used to define travel submarkets using a multivariate statistical procedure called discriminant analysis; identify those features of bus/rail travel which are most highly valued by potential users of public carrier modes; and, examine the price elasticity of intercity travel across travel purposes and across population subgroups. (Portions of this document are not fully legible)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Applied Management Sciences, Incorporated

    7315 Wisconsin Avenue
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20014

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Puma, M J
    • Walters, P B
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 242 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AMS-G-101 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-60520
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1982 12:00AM