CAN CURRENT TRANSPORTATION PLANNING METHODS ANALYZE WOMEN'S TRAVEL ISSUES?

The central tenet of this paper is that while transportation planning has not been particularly oriented to women's travel issues in the past, the methods and data are generally presently available now to conduct such studies. A review is made of typical method and data resources available to most transportation planning agencies, and major shortcomings are identified. Using simple tables and surveys from Rochester and Buffalo in the early 1960's and again in the early 1970's, it is shown that observable changes in women's travel patterns are consistent with trends in American society. Focusing on home interview surveys, an example analysis shows that typical survey data can be used to understand aggregate trends in women's travel patterns which are related to changes in role, household structure, resource allocation, and attitudes. It is concluded that while one never has perfect data or models, etc., numerous issues related to women's travel could easily be studied with present methods and data. It is suggested that if such study is important then the issues should be raised and the analysis of them should be started. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Conference on Women's Travel Issues, Washington, DC, September 17-20, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    Planning Division, State Campus, Building 4
    Albany, NY  USA  12232
  • Authors:
    • Hartgen, D T
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: New York State Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Prelim Res Rpt 149
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM