Using detailed travel surveys (the Travel Behavior Inventory) conducted by the Metropolitan Council of the
Minneapolis/Saint Paul (Twin Cities) Region in Minnesota for 1990, 2000-2001, and 2010-2011, this report
conducts an analysis of changes in travel behavior over time. Specifically looking at changes in travel duration,
time, use, and accessibility; telecommuting and its relationship with travel and residential choices; transit service
quality and transit use; effects of age and cohort; and changes in walking and bicycling.
Much has changed in this period, including the size of the region, demographics, economics, technology, driver
licensing, and preferences, examining in turn the effects of investment, development, and population change on
behaviors for the Minneapolis-St. Paul region as a whole and for areas within the region. While this research
cannot hope to untangle all of the contributing factors, it aims to increase understanding of what did happen, with
some explanation of why. This will inform transportation engineers, planners, economists, analysts, and decision
makers about the prospective effects of future changes to networks, land use, and demographics while also
evaluating the effects of previous network investments.
Levinson, David; Lindsey, Greg; Fan, Yingling; Cao, Jason; Iacono, Michael; Brosnan, Martin; Guthrie, Andrew; Schoner, Jessica.
Travel Behavior Over Time.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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