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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Civil Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Traveler Information, Traveler Behavior, Switching, Logit Model, Revealed Preferences

Abstract

This study used focus groups and surveys to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) at UMass Amherst. The evaluation was completed by obtaining the awareness, usage, and perceived effectiveness of RTIC’s information by residents in the Pioneer Valley. It was found that awareness of RTIC is limited due to its lack of advertisement. Usage is focused primarily on its webcams and advisory information. Surveys showed that participants perceive RTIC to be useful, even though they may never have seen the information before (the survey provided a chance for them to become familiar with the service). Revealed preference data were collected regarding the travelers' most memorable instances where real-time traffic information was provided. A binary logit model of a traveler's switch decision (route, departure time, mode, destination, trip cancellation, or combinations of them) with real-time traffic information was specified and estimated. It was found that travelers have an increasing tendency to switch away from the original option when the resulting delay caused by congestion increases. Receiving congestion and crash information also provided a tendency to take an alternative travel method. It was found that males tend to switch more often than females, and young individuals switch less often.

First Advisor

Song Gao

Second Advisor

John Collura

PopupSurvey.pdf (67 kB)
Popup Survey for MassTraveler

MassTravelerInitialResultsForMassDOT.pdf (455 kB)
Initial Results from Popup Survey (Hurricane)

FullScaleSurvey.pdf (131 kB)
Full Scale Survey

IntermediateModel.py (12 kB)
Intermediate Model File (Open with Notepad)

FinalModel.py (12 kB)
Final Model File (Open with Notepad)

IntermediateOutput.pdf (222 kB)
Intermediate Model Output

FinalOutput.pdf (221 kB)
Final Model Output

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