Heterogeneous effects of neighborhood type on commute mode choice: An exploration of residential dissonance in the Twin Cities

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Many studies have measured residential and travel preferences to address residential self-selection and they often focused on the average or independent effect of the built environment on travel behavior. However, individuals' behavioral responses to built environment interventions may vary by their different tastes. Using the 2011 data from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, this study examines the influences of neighborhood type, travel attitudes, and their interaction terms on commute mode choice. The interactions between neighborhood type and travel attitudes have no significant impact on driving commute frequency whereas the effects of neighborhood type on the propensity for transit commute differ by transit preference. Specifically, urban consonants (including those in LRT neighborhoods) have the highest propensity for transit commute, followed by suburban dissonants, urban dissonants, and then suburban consonants. Therefore, individuals' heterogeneous responses to built environment elements should be taken into account in future research and in the design of land use and transportation policies aiming to shape urban travel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data collection was funded by the Transitway Impact Research Program in the Twin Cities. Jessica Schoner helped survey design and administration. It is partially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of USA (# 1243535 ).

Publisher Copyright:
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  • Attitude
  • Built environment
  • Residential dissonance
  • Residential self-selection
  • Travel behavior


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