Role of social climate in habitual transit use by young adults to work and leisure activities evidence from Colombia and Mexico

Salva, Julian R., Sierra, Miguel, Alanis, Ana K. J., Kaplan, Sigel and Prato, Carlo G. (2015) Role of social climate in habitual transit use by young adults to work and leisure activities evidence from Colombia and Mexico. Transportation Research Record, 2512 2512: 22-30. doi:10.3141/2512-03

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Author Salva, Julian R.
Sierra, Miguel
Alanis, Ana K. J.
Kaplan, Sigel
Prato, Carlo G.
Title Role of social climate in habitual transit use by young adults to work and leisure activities evidence from Colombia and Mexico
Journal name Transportation Research Record   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-1981
2169-4052
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3141/2512-03
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2512
Issue 2512
Start page 22
End page 30
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher U.S. National Research Council * Transportation Research Board
Language eng
Abstract As mobility has increasingly become a vehicle for producing meaning and culture, and public transport has traditionally formed a dense and diverse social climate in which social interactions habitually occur, assessing the relationship between social climate and transit use is extremely important, especially in the younger populations that will shape the future of transport systems. This study proposes a behavioral framework founded on the theory of planned behavior and the social climate model. The study presents a tailor-made, web-based survey and a structural equation model for analyzing transit use as a function of attitudes toward public transport, subjective norms, social ambience in public transport, travel independence and autonomy, family (house) rules, and perceived quality of service. This study focuses on transit systems in cities in North and South America that have a much higher public transport ridership, tighter design standards in terms of personal space, and a higher degree of informal social interaction than transit systems in Europe, where previous studies have been conducted. Estimation results from a structural equations model show that (a) transit use frequency is significantly related to the perceived behavioral control of using transit and the social climate; (b) attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioral control are associated with perceived service quality; (c) gender differences exist in the user experience and appreciation of the social climate in transit; and (d) the residential social climate is linked to the transit social climate.
Keyword Public transport
Behavior
Travel
Quality
Environment
Experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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