Development of Stop Generation and Tour Formation Models for the Analysis of Travel/activity Behavior

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Northwestern University, 1998 - Traffic assignment - 314 pages
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This research develops a comprehensive structure for the generation of activity and travel pattern structures that are conceptualized as comprising three main blocks. The first block describes household subsistence needs and mobility decisions, which are long-run in nature. The second and third blocks consider on short-range decisions including the generation of maintenance stops, the allocation of stops and autos among household members and the generation of individual daily travel/activity patterns including number of tours, assignment of stops to tours, and the selection of locations for each stop and travel mode(s) for tours. This study focuses on these short-run decisions and decomposes these decisions into a two-stage structure. The first stage, the stop generation and stop/auto allocation models, consists of the choices of the number of household maintenance stops and the allocation of stops and autos to household members. The second stage, the tour formation model, includes the choices of the number of tours and the assignment of stops to tours for each individual, conditional on the choices in the first stage. The two stages are linked by including the expected value of the second stage decisions into the first stage choices.

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Review of Previous Studies
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Conceptual Structure
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