Investigation of University Students' Activity Patterns

Travel behavior of university students is receiving increasing attention in regional travel demand models and in university transportation plans. However, most travel demand models focus on weekday activity and travel patterns of individuals in typical households, not weekday activities and travel patterns in a university which are generally different from those compared to regular households. This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of students' activity characteristics and travel patterns based on the 2001 North Carolina State University Student Activity Travel Survey. Results show that undergraduate students and on-campus residents are engaged in more activities than graduate students and off-campus students. Graduate students are more likely to engage in class and work activity in the afternoon than in the morning. A statistical comparison of daily activity profiles by student group finds that there is no statistically significantly difference between student groups in terms of the proportion of students involved in a certain activity at a certain hour of day. Instead, the types of activities are statistically significantly different across all twenty-four hours of a day. The insights gained from this study will serve as the basis of an activity-based university travel demand model for NC State University.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-2862
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:34PM