The Effect of Bundled Housing and Accessibility Information on Residential Location Choice and Travel Behavior: An Experimental Study

The ability of an individual to travel via modes of transportation other than the single occupancy vehicle is limited by the availability of these alternative transportation modes near their home. The purpose of this research is to investigate the long-term effects of information on an individual's travel behavior. The authors hypothesize that if individuals who are making residential location decisions are provided with housing and accessibility information, they will decide to live in more accessible locations and that they will travel fewer miles by car as a result. This is an experimental research study that involved incoming graduate and transfer undergraduate students at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The authors found that the average student at NCSU traveled between 4.2 and 6.2 fewer miles per day by single occupancy vehicle when accessing the university campus as a result of being exposed to the bundled housing and accessibility information. The average student selected a residence closer to the campus and had more transit stops located within a half mile of their residence. The authors were unable to detect an impact to UNC students, most likely due to the restrictive parking policies on campus and already short commuting distances for students. Foreign students and those who were previously familiar with transit that used the bundled housing and accessibility information traveled fewer miles than those who did not.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154470
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2857
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:24AM