Measuring and Modeling Travel Well-Being

The research problem addressed by this project is the measurement and modeling of travel well-being. The project was motivated by limitations in existing travel behavior models and project evaluation methods. Travel behavior models over-emphasize the generalized cost of travel, i.e. they assume that people mostly base their travel choices on time and cost considerations without much consideration of “soft” factors like comfort, reliability, etc. At the same time, project evaluation methods based on cost-benefit analyses are mainly concerned with evaluating travel time savings to the end users and typically ignore the overall well-being of users and non-users. It is postulated that travel choices are likely to be motivated by a desire to maintain or enhance travel well-being. Thus, travel well-being is a broader concept that encompasses generalized cost. The aim of this research project is to develop methods for the measurement of travel well-being and models that relate travel well-being and behavior. The cross-sectional analysis of travel and activity well-being revealed that commute satisfaction is affected by commute attributes, individual characteristics, and comparison effects. In addition, commute satisfaction positively influences work well-being.

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    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139-3594

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Authors:
    • Ben-Akiva, Moshe
  • Publication Date: 2009-11-30


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
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  • Accession Number: 01152794
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MITR19-1
  • Files: UTC, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2010 1:58PM