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Transportation and well-being: exploring post-secondary students' commute satisfaction and its relationship to campus participation and success

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posted on 2022-05-25, 20:40 authored by Ryan Taylor

This Major Research Paper examines the influence of commute satisfaction on campus participation and perceived academic success of post-secondary students as indicators of their well-being. Travel and attitudinal data was analyzed for 1,931 students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario to determine if students perceive their commute to be a barrier to their campus participation and academic success, and if this perception changes with commute satisfaction. A large number of students reported their commute was a barrier to their campus participation and academic success, and binomial logistic regressions revealed a significant positive association between commute satisfaction and these well-being indicators. Travel mode, travel attitudes, student type, and age were found to be statistically significant correlates of commute satisfaction. These findings suggest post-secondary administrators and urban planners can improve student well-being by implementing policies to increase commute satisfaction.  Key words: travel satisfaction; subjective well-being; travel mode; post-secondary students; commute





  • Master of Planning


  • Urban Development

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • MRP

Thesis Advisor

Raktim Mitra