APPLICATIONS OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES TO ISSUES IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

This paper investigates the potential for applying methods and concepts in the behavioral sciences to transportation planning. A review of recent trends in transportation planning shows increasing concern for more policy-sensitive and behavioral approaches. Some behavioral science methods, particularly from sociology, psychology, and social psychology, have been used to date in transportation. A brief summary of issues in 4 content areas (short-range transit operations, transportation for mobility limited, environmental and social impact analysis, and energy) shows that certain elements from the behavioral sciences have (or may be) proved useful in understanding these issues. Particularly strong bonds now exist between the disciplines in attitude theory and measurement, behavior, and attitude-behavior linkages. Other potential areas are life style and family, culture, human factors, group dynamics, and certain methodologies. The paper concludes that interaction between transportation and the behavioral sciences should be encouraged and established at numerous methodological and conceptual points. /Author/

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 44 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00193610
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Report 148
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1981 12:00AM