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Journal of Advanced Transportation
Volume 2017, Article ID 4060348, 11 pages
Research Article

Analyzing the Influence of Neighborhood Development Pattern on Modal Choice

1Department of Urban Planning, Shiraz University, Goldasht St., Maaliabad, Shiraz, Iran
2Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Ali Soltani; moc.oohay@45inatlos_ila

Received 23 September 2016; Accepted 6 December 2016; Published 23 January 2017

Academic Editor: Juan C. Cano

Copyright © 2017 Ali Soltani and Alireza Shams. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although several studies have been undertaken on the association between built environmental characteristics and travel patterns in western societies, the impacts of the local built environment on individuals’ travel behavior considering the specific conditions of developing nations have remained largely unknown. Thus, this paper investigates the travel behavior effects of local planning and design in three residential neighborhoods of Shiraz, a city in the southwest of Iran. The data on land use and built environment characteristics were extracted primarily from an existing digital map and GIS, whereas the data on individuals’ socioeconomics and their daily travel behavior were purposefully collected using a field questionnaire survey (). A nested logit model (NLM) based on the microeconomic utility concept was then applied to discover the impacts of personal characteristics and built environment factors on the choice mode of the individuals. The results and the associated policy implications can be helpful in defining a strategic agenda for neighborhood design and planning.