Studying the effects of car versus train travel on physical activity and psychological response of commuters

Incorporating routine daily activity back into our lives is seen as a vital strategy for increasing physical activity levels. This grant supports a study to assess the relationship between different modes of transportation for commuters and their health and well being, especially physical activity and psychological response. Researchers posit that transit users are more physically active and less stressed than automobile users; this study will provide an empirical test of that hypothesis. The study will be a naturalistic experiment taking advantage of the commuter changes that should result with the completion of the New Jersey Transit Secaucus Transfer Project. It will follow two groups of commuters over two years (pre- and post-change) to determine changes and differences in physical activity levels and psychological responses. The project will be considered successful if reliable answers are available to questions of how commuter choices impact physical activity levels.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $260,235.00

Awarded on: 2/26/2002

Time frame: 3/1/2002 - 8/31/2005

Grant Number: 44743


William McShane
Project Director

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