Transportation as a Language

Is travel simply a mundane daily chore? Or may it convery a higher meaning?

Often treated as a technical domain, transportation is also a language laden with social and psychological meaning. In the JTL, a mobility research lab at MIT led by Prof. Jinhua Zhao, students and faculty use behavioral sciences to evaluate and design transport systems and transport policy. We see transportation as a language to describe a personcharacterize a cityand understand an institution

To describe a person
Car Pride: Psychological Structure and Behavioral Implications
A Subjective Measure of Car Dependence
Preference Accommodating and Preference Shaping — Incorporating Traveler Preferences into Transportation Planning
Mode-ism: Explicit and Implicit Social Status Bias in Car vs. Bus Mode Choice
Experience or Memory: Happiness of Commuting
‘Nudging’ Active Travel: A Framework for Behavioral Interventions Using Mobile Technology
Prestige on Wheels: Beijingers' Life Aspirations and Implications for Transportation Planning

To characterize a city
Superficial Fairness of Transportation Policies: Beijing's Vehicle License Lottery
Bidding to Drive: Car License Auction Policy in Shanghai and its Public Acceptance
Shaping Rapidly Growing Chinese Cities: Lessons in the Behavioral Impacts of Transport Finance Choices
Hysteresis and Urban Rail: The Effects of Past Urban Rail on Current Residential and Travel Choices in Boston
Dispersion of Agglomeration through High-speed Rail in China
Normative and Image Motivations for Transportation Policy Compliance: Locals vs. Migrants
Purposeful Policy Leakage: Legitimacy and Intentionality of Non Local Vehicles Policy
Price as a Signal for Policy Fine-tuning: How Shanghai Government Responds to the Public
Senior’s Driving Cessation: A Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Perspective
Customer Loyalty Differences Between Captive and Choice Transit Riders