A joint flexible econometric model system of household residential location and vehicle fleet composition/usage choices

Naveen Eluru, Chandra R. Bhat, Ram Pendyala, Karthik C. Konduri

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Modeling the interaction between the built environment and travel behavior is of much interest to transportation planning professionals due to the desire to curb vehicular travel demand through modifications to built environment attributes. However, such models need to take into account self-selection effects in residential location choice, wherein households choose to reside in neighborhoods and built environments that are conducive to their lifestyle preferences and attitudes. This phenomenon, well-recognized in the literature, calls for the specification and estimation of joint models of multi-dimensional land use and travel choice processes. However, the estimation of such model systems that explicitly account for the presence of unobserved factors that jointly impact multiple choice dimensions is extremely complex and computationally intensive. This paper presents a joint GEV-based logit regression model of residential location choice, vehicle count by type choice, and vehicle usage (vehicle miles of travel) using a copula-based framework that facilitates the estimation of joint equations systems with error dependence structures within a simple and flexible closed-form analytic framework. The model system is estimated on a sample derived from the 2000 San Francisco Bay Area Household Travel Survey. Estimation results show that there is significant dependency among the choice dimensions and that self-selection effects cannot be ignored when modeling land use-travel behavior interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-626
Number of pages24
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Copula-based approach
  • Joint model
  • Land use and travel behavior
  • Residential location choice
  • Simultaneous equations model
  • Vehicle miles of travel
  • Vehicle type choice
  • Vehicle usage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Transportation


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