• A Comparative Analysis of Vanpool and Single Occupant Commuters' Self-Reported Stress Level Before and After the Commute

      Ditmore, Christina (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-12-01)
      Stress—and its impact on personal health and overall wellness—is a well-researched topic. Countless studies are devoted to the effects of stress and its correlation to various aspects of life, including the topic of transportation choice. There has been significant research conducted regarding both stress and commute choices. However, there is limited empirical data specific to vanpools. The purpose of this study is to examine whether commuters who utilize a vanpool (VP) to commute to and from work experience less stress than their single-occupant vehicle (SOV) counterparts. Survey respondents provided their personally perceived level of stress both before and after their commute. The results provide insight into the effects of stress when choosing a vanpool as a primary commute mode. This information can help people understand motivating factors that may save time and money, and benefit the environment based on their commute choice.