Fatigue in Long-Duration Travel Diaries

Long-duration surveys are useful in highlighting the strong intrapersonal variance in aspects of travel behavior such as activity and mode choice. They also help in the understanding of the activity space of the travelers. This paper introduces a new long-duration travel diary survey undertaken in a small town and rural environment, which complements the existing urban Mobidrive survey of 1999. The new 2003 Thurgau, Switzerland data followed the protocol of the earlier study, but further developed the set of questions. These new questions concerned the social context of respondents as well as trip-related items, such as planning horizon of the activity, previous frequency of visits, or the groups involved in the trip/activity. The descriptive and model-based analysis of the data showed that respondent fatigue is not an issue in either survey. Where significant deviations from a steady number of reported trips were found, they showed positive tendencies, such as learning. Results also showed that the skill accrued in the intensive round of contacts between respondent and interviewer was a significant factor in the number of trips reported.

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    • Axhausen, Kay W
    • Lochl, M
    • Schlich, R
    • Buhl, T
    • Widmer, P
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


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  • Accession Number: 01046548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2007 10:42PM