Modeling the effects of real time traffic information on travel behavior: A case study of Istanbul Technical University

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Journal Article

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place - europe, place - universities, technology - intelligent transport systems, technology - geographic information systems, planning - surveys, ridership - behaviour, ridership - demand, ridership - commuting


Multinomial logit model, Travel behavior, Real-time traffic information, Traffic applications


This article adds to the literature on the investigation of choice behavior of travelers under the real-time traffic information acquired through some traffic applications such as GPS navigation devices for car, mobile traffic applications and radio traffic reports on traveler behavior on highways. Self-deviced survey of travelers was conducted for the civil engineering undergraduate – graduate students, academicians and supporting staff at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 2016. Multinomial logit mode choice model of the decision making for travel and commuter responses to traffic information were estimated separately in two different commute modes, including private cars and public transit. The attributes that influence travelers’ decision-making patterns were broadly categorized into three groups, which were socioeconomics, travel and technological characteristics. The analysis of the results indicated that travelers who obtained traffic information from some traffic applications were more likely to switch their route with respect to their different characteristics. Moreover, the travel pattern of the commuters regarding whether to change their choice of route or not varied with respect to their aforementioned characteristics as well as their selection of commute modes. The results of this research could also help to develop vehicular communication systems such as vehicle-to-infrastructure V2I communications.


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