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An empirical study of the deviation between actual and shortest travel time paths

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  • Wenyun Tang
  • David Levinson

    () (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

Abstract

Few empirical studies of revealed route characteristics have been reported in the literature. This study challenges the widely applied shortest path assumption by evaluating routes followed by residents of the Minneapolis - St. Paul metropolitan area, as measured by the GPS Component of the 2011 Twin Cities Travel Behavior Inventory. It finds that most travelers used paths longer than the shortest path. Some reasons for this are conjectured.

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  • Wenyun Tang & David Levinson, 2014. "An empirical study of the deviation between actual and shortest travel time paths," Working Papers 000125, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:peoplearenotrational
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    1. Kai Wang & David Levinson, 2015. "Towards a Metropolitan Fundamental Diagram using Travel Survey Data," Working Papers 000126, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.

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    Keywords

    Rationality; Route Choice; User Equilibrium; GPS Study; Travel Behavior; Networks;

    JEL classification:

    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General

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