A mode choice analysis of school trips in New Jersey

Robert B Noland, Hyunsoo Park, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Daniel G. Chatman


This paper examines the mode choice behavior of children’s travel to school based on surveys conducted at a sample of schools in New Jersey. The main focus is on a variety of network design, land use, and infrastructure variables that have typically been associated with walking activity. Using a mixed logit model, it is found that good connectivity, more intense residential land use, and better sidewalk infrastructure are associated with increased walking to school. The use of a mixed logit model allows the examination of individual heterogeneity. Results indicate substantial heterogeneity in behavior associated with built environment variables.


active transport, school travel, walking

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.v7i2.444

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