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Authors:  Evelyn Blumenberg, Gregory Pierce

Date: September 2, 2013

Project: Multimodal Travel and the Poor: Evidence from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey

Most travel behavior studies focus on discrete mode-choice outcomes. They predict the likelihood of traveling by a single mode (e.g. solo driving, carpooling, taking public transit, walking, biking). Yet qualitative studies focusing on low-income households suggest that their mode choice does not fit neatly into a single category; they regularly “transportation package,” use multiple modes of travel in a single day. We use data from the 2009 National Household Travel Summary to examine the extent to which individuals’ engage in multimodal travel and to determine whether low-income individuals transportation package more than higher income individuals, controlling for other factors.

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