Zen and the Choice of Commute Mode

A new study found that commuters opting for active travel modes and rail are more satisfied with their commute than those who take bus, metro, or drive.

A new study published in Transportation Research used a large-scale travel survey to compare commuter satisfaction between the six main modes of transportation (walking, bicycle, automobile, bus, metro, and commuter train) and explored how different determinants of commuter satisfaction differed across modes.

Researchers found that certain things like social factors, travel, and mode preferences affected certain modes and their respective commuter satisfaction more than others. The researchers are hoping that the study findings, "provide a better understanding of determinants of trip satisfaction to transport professionals who are interested in this topic and working on increasing satisfaction among different mode users."

However, satisfaction was not weighted against income as "income and status were also removed from the models because they were not significant."

Full Story: The happy commuter: A comparison of commuter satisfaction across modes

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