Future Leaders in CEE: Transit User Mode Choice Behavior in Response to Rapid Transit Service Disruption
The Department of Civil and Environmental (CEE) Engineering at MIT has initiated a monthly seminar series to foster diversity and inclusion. Speakers from diverse backgrounds who are highly successful in their careers will give a talk about their journey to achieve success and their research. The goal of this initiative is to address the relative lack of representation of certain minority groups and to present examples of those who were able to overcome unique challenges. The format is that each speaker will present a two-part seminar - one part of the seminar will be an overview of their research, and another part of the seminar will be how they navigated through various challenges associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion in their careers. Speaker: Teddy Lin, MASc, EIT Transportation Planner at IBI Group Disruption of transit service is a common occurrence in many cities around the world, and these incidents may have serious impacts on the transit user’s journey. The purpose of this study is to investigate transit user commuting mode choice in response to rapid transit service disruption in the City of Toronto. A joint Revealed Preference and Stated Preference survey is designed to gather information on the respondent’s actual response to the most recent service disruption and also responses under a set of hypothetical service disruption scenarios. A transit trip planner tool is developed to generate alternative transit options to avoid the disrupted segment. Econometric models are presented, including a joint RP-SP model, showing that the following factors, in addition to travel time and cost, are significant at 95% confidence: frequency of subway trip, trip purpose, subway delay, shuttle bus delay, weather, age, and income. Policy implications are also discussed. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to leverage the full range of talent and skills and to realize the full potential of collective research advancement and education. Canada is a welcoming place that fully embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this talk, the speaker will discuss how he has overcome challenges throughout his journey and how diversity, equity, and inclusion has shaped his life.