March 8, 2013

What’s Youth Got To Do With It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

Time

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Dr. Brian D. Taylor, FAICP, Professor of Urban Planning. Director, Ralph & Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Abstract

Who knows about kids these days? Today’s teens are members of the first generation to have never known a world without instantaneous and nearly ubiquitous mobile phone access. They must surmount greater hurdles to driver’s licensing than any previous generation faced. And they are struggling to transition into the most unwelcoming job market since the Great Depression. These tectonic happenings surely augur equally dramatic changes in the travel choices and patterns of young adults in the years ahead. Or will they? This talk examines this question by reporting on an analysis of data from the 1990 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey and the National Household Travel Surveys from 2001 and 2009.

Biographical Sketch

Brian Taylor is a Professor of Urban Planning, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA. His research explores how society pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people who – because of low income, disability, location, or age – have different levels of mobility. Topically, his research examines travel behavior, transportation finance, and politics & planning. Professor Taylor spent several years as a planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland, and was on the planning faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to moving to UCLA in 1994. In 2012 Professor Taylor was elected to the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows.