What Is Travel Behavior?
Travel behavior is the way people move in the public realm by all means of transportation and for all purposes. Many of the activities people engage in are separated by space, which requires people to travel: work and meetings, lunch with friends, visiting family, attending school.
The study of Travel Behavior includes understanding and quantifying the choices people make about how and when and with whom they travel are based on their specific constraints, habits, options, and even cultural or gender norms. For instance, how people travel to work (by car, bus, subway, or walk), the time they leave, and the duration and type of stops they make on the way, are important aspects of travel behavior analysis. Other topics include understanding travel by special population groups--such as new immigrants, young people, or the elderly--how gas prices and economics influence travel, vehicle ownership and use, and many, many more topics.
This website provides access to some of my work. My goal is to make it easier for researchers, analysts, reporters, students, and any others with an interest in transportation to locate analysis on topics of interest. There is a wide variety of products that cover over two decades, so if you can’t find something (try the search function) I would be happy to hear from you!
The 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) provides an inventory of daily travel in the US and its major Census Divisions and add-on areas. It is the only source of national-level statistics on personal travel in the US. The survey series (conducted since 1969) includes demographic data on households, people, vehicles, and detailed information on daily travel by all modes of transportation and for all purposes.
The share of people in their teens, 20s and 30s with driver's licenses has been dropping significantly, suggesting that getting a driver's license is no longer the teenage rite of passage it once was. "They don't have to drive,” Nancy McGuckin, a travel behavior analyst, told USA Today. “They socialize online. They shop online. I think we're being blind if we don't accept that the internet is changing travel."
Commuting, for women, gets added to an already heavy workload that often includes child care and the majority of day-to-day household tasks, the researchers explained. Nancy McGuckin, a travel behavior analyst, says that for many women, commuting is not just a matter of getting through rush hour.
Nancy McGuckin joins a distinguished panel on NPR’s ‘To The Point’ to discuss one of the most exciting changes in travel: autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.
What McGuckin and two colleagues found in comparing the two most recent surveys, was that 1.6 million new Americans tacked personal errands onto their commutes.