Understanding Immigrants' Travel Behavior in Florida: Neighborhood Effects and Behavioral Assimilation
Master of Science (MS)
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L. David Shen
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Immigrant, Neighborhood effects, behavioral assimilation, travel behavior, mode choice modeling, multinomial logit model, transit, SOV, carpool, Florida
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The goal of this study was to develop Multinomial Logit models for the mode choice behavior of immigrants, with key focuses on neighborhood effects and behavioral assimilation. The first aspect shows the relationship between social network ties and immigrants’ chosen mode of transportation, while the second aspect explores the gradual changes toward alternative mode usage with regard to immigrants’ migrating period in the United States (US). Mode choice models were developed for work, shopping, social, recreational, and other trip purposes to evaluate the impacts of various land use patterns, neighborhood typology, socioeconomic-demographic and immigrant related attributes on individuals’ travel behavior. Estimated coefficients of mode choice determinants were compared between each alternative mode (i.e., high-occupancy vehicle, public transit, and non-motorized transport) with single-occupant vehicles. The model results revealed the significant influence of neighborhood and land use variables on the usage of alternative modes among immigrants. Incorporating these indicators into the demand forecasting process will provide a better understanding of the diverse travel patterns for the unique composition of population groups in Florida.
Zaman, Nishat, "Understanding Immigrants' Travel Behavior in Florida: Neighborhood Effects and Behavioral Assimilation" (2014). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1690.
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