Title

Covid-19 and its Effect on Trip Mode and Destination Decisions of Transit Riders: Experience from Ohio

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-7-2021

Publication Title

Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Research Center

Energy Policy Center

Abstract

This research addresses travel patterns including trip mode and destination before and during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. The team collected surveys from 1081 transit riders in Ohio. Shopping and work trips dropped the least (11–19%) while social visits and worship trips were reduced the most (49–61%). Bus, personal car use and paratransit dropped the least, while walking and ride share dropped the most. Regression analysis revealed that female, married, children at home, higher income, and areas with high COVID infection rates had the largest decreases in trips. Being unbanked and being employed (including while working from home) saw stable or increased trips. Females and those with children felt less connected to the community, but unbanked people did not. Respondents likelier to fear catching COVID were female, nonwhite, have kids, older, and with highest incomes, but being employed or having a driver’s license was not associated with increased fear.

DOI

10.1016/j.trip.2021.100417

Volume

11

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