Trends in Time, Travel, Transit, Telework, and Treasure (T5)

Term Start:

September 1, 2023

Term End:

May 30, 2025




Telework, Time Use, Transit, Travel Behavior

Thrust Area(s):

Data Modeling and Analytic Tools, Equity and Understanding User Needs

University Lead:

Arizona State University


Steven Polzin; Ram Pendyala

The early 21st century to the present is a pivotal era in the study of travel behavior and time use. This two-decade period has witnessed not only incremental adjustments but also transformative shifts in how individuals allocate their time across various activities and make travel-related decisions within their time and monetary constraints. These shifts are not isolated phenomena; they are deeply intertwined with broader, multidimensional changes driven by factors such as the widespread adoption of Internet and Communication Technologies (leading to innovations in mobility services and online substitutes for many in-person activities) and shifts in demographics and cultural norms. Overall, this period of change holds profound implications for transportation planning and policy development. This multi-stage project aims to navigate this complex terrain to shed light on the trends in time, travel, transit, telework, and treasure (T5) during this period. The project will primarily utilize data from The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) to understand and analyze these trends. Understanding these trends is crucial for effectively addressing current and future challenges and seizing opportunities in transportation management, economic resilience, and societal wellbeing.

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