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Analyzing the Travel Behavior of Home-Based Workers in the 1991 CALTRANS Statewide Travel Survey


  • Mokhtarian, Patricia L
  • Henderson, Dennis


This study compares the travel patterns of three different groups of workers identified in the 1991 Caltrans Statewide Travel Survey: home-based business (HBB) workers, home-based telecommuters (HBT), and non-home-based (NHB) workers. HBB workers have the highest average daily trip rate of the three groups, while rates for HBTs and NHB workers are statistically equivalent. Differences in drive-alone trip rates and time spent traveling are similar to those of other studies, with HBTs making 0.6 (18%) fewer trips and traveling 46% less time than NHB workers. Although HBB workers have the highest work-related trip rate, the NHB group makes nearly twice as many work and work-related trips combined as the HBB group, and more than three times as many as HBTs. The temporal distribution of HBB trips is unimodal, in contrast to the traditional bi-modal distribution for NHB trips and a flat distribution (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for HBTs. The HBB group is quite heterogeneous, with distinct differences across industry in overall trip rates, freeway use, and rates by purpose.

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  • Mokhtarian, Patricia L & Henderson, Dennis, 2000. "Analyzing the Travel Behavior of Home-Based Workers in the 1991 CALTRANS Statewide Travel Survey," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt6qp7q90q, University of California Transportation Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt6qp7q90q

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    1. P L Mokhtarian & I Salomon, 1996. "Modeling the Choice of Telecommuting: 3. Identifying the Choice Set and Estimating Binary Choice Models for Technology-Based Alternatives," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 28(10), pages 1877-1894, October.
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