Municipalities, planners, and governmental decision makers in the US attempt to reduce commuting by automobile by building the highest functioning and most extensive public transportation systems possible in their given city. Unfortunately, the old adage, ‘if you build it, they will come’ is not true in regard to shifting commuter mode choice. For a real shift to occur, workers must be incentivized to use the alternative modes of transportation that are available. This study evaluates the relationship between the development of viable modal choice and proper incentivization, and mode choice for the commute to work using five-year averaged census data for the 1220 census tracts in the Washington, DC region. In addition, this study uses planning and financial documents from the Metropolitan Council of Governments and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Multivariate regression results show highly significant relationships between the use of public transportation, biking, and walking and our explanatory variables: proximity to a station, population density, educational attainment, income, and race. Through our case study evaluation, we have concluded that the Washington-Arlington- Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area has one of the premier transportation systems in the country.
Hohl, Alexander W., "Analyzing Factors that Affect Commuter Mode Choice: ‘Can the Development of Viable Alternative Mode Choice and Proper Incentivization Lead to Lower Levels of Automobile Commuting?’ Case Study: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7305.
Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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