Expertise in the Interpretation and Forecasting of Travel

     Nancy McGuckin     
Travel Behavior Analyst


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New! Emerging Trends in US Vehicle Travel Demand
Vehicle travel per person has shown declines for some groups in recent years, notable younger people. But overall system changes may be underway for a variety of economic reasons, social changes, and communications technology. Ms. McGuckin spoke this summer at the Energy Information Agency Conference on “Emerging Trends in US Vehicle Travel Demand

Driverless Cars?
Nancy McGuckin joins a distinguished panel on NPR’s ‘To The Point’ to discuss one of the most exciting changes in travel: autonomous (self-driving) vehicles:

Decline in Young Drivers
Millenials may be traveling differently than previous generations. There are economic reasons for the shift away from driving in younger age cohorts, McGuckin's research indicates. But she also speculates that social changes and electronic communications may have something to do with it. She recently presented her research on “Millenials and Mobility”here. This topic has also had a lot of media interest, for example this article in the Seattle Times.

New! Video Lecture Series
“Walking and Biking in California” is the first in a series of video lectures on the subject of travel behavior given by Ms. McGuckin. This lecture was taped at the prestigious METRANS Center at University of Southern California, see article here  and the video.

Travel Behavior and the Environment 

Demographics and Travel

Peak Travel and the Journey to Work 

 Employment Data and Commercial Travel 

What is Travel Behavior?

Travel behavior is the way people move in the public realm by all means of travel and for all purposes. Some of the activities people want to engage in are separated by space, which requires people to travel. The choices they make in order to travel are based on options, constraints, habits, and opportunities. For instance, how people travel to work (by car, bus, subway, or walk), the time they leave, and the duration and type of stops they make on the way, are important aspects of travel behavior.

Other topics include understanding travel by special population groups such as new immigrants and the elderly, how household location and economics influence travel, vehicle ownership and use, and many, many more topics.

Recently she was part of the research team for Commuting in America IV which explores the many issues related to the changing workforce and the journey to work here. 

See the Topic Briefs page for the latest research and briefs on current topics of interest.

Active Travel & Health

Long Distance Travel 

Travel by Older Americans 

Survey Methods and Statistics