Unraveling the relationship between trip chaining and mode choice using Structural Equation Models

  • Author / Creator
    Islam, Md. Tazul
  • Trip chaining and mode choice are two important travel behavior decisions in activity-based travel demand modeling system. The hierarchy of these two decisions influences model’s predictive capability and policy sensitivity. This thesis is aimed at investigating the hierarchical relationship between these decisions and also the effects of socio-demographic characteristics on them. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) technique is used for this investigation. A six week travel diary data collected in Thurgau, Switzerland in 2003 is used for model estimation. Model estimation results show that for work-tour, trip chain and mode choice decisions are simultaneous and it remains consistent across the six weeks. For weekday’s non-work tour, mode choice precedes trip chain whereas for weekend’s non-work tour trip chain precedes mode choice. The investigation of the effect of a number of socio-demographic characteristics on trip chaining and mode choice behaviors is also found useful for better understanding of these behaviors.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2010
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    Master of Science
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