How Local is Travel?

13 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2011 Last revised: 21 Jan 2011

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Michael Scharenbroich

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Mike Iacono

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

David Matthew Levinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 30, 2009

Abstract

This paper analyzes the distribution of travel time across different classes of roads for 47 subjects in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. We use global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) data to analyze subject road use, with the objective of getting a sense for how much time individuals spend on different types of roads during their commute trip (in a sense, how “localized” their travel is). The results reveal an association between the amounts of time spent on various functional classes of roads and home and work locations. Subjects that live and work in the city of Minneapolis are found to spend a higher percentage of their travel time on lower-level (city and county) roads. The results may be used to further inform local road finance decisions in light of the free-rider problem and other problems associated with current financing mechanisms.

Keywords: Travel Behavior, Transportation, Finance, Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

JEL Classification: R40, R41

Suggested Citation

Scharenbroich, Michael and Iacono, Mike and Levinson, David Matthew, How Local is Travel? (July 30, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1736090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1736090

Michael Scharenbroich

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Mike Iacono

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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