Understanding public response to a congestion charge : a random-effects ordered logit approach

Zheng, Zuduo, Liu, Zhiyuan, Liu, Chuanli, & Shiwakoti, Nirajan (2014) Understanding public response to a congestion charge : a random-effects ordered logit approach. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 70, pp. 117-134.

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Public acceptance is consistently listed as having an enormous impact on the implementation and success of a congestion charge scheme. This paper investigates public acceptance of such a scheme in Australia. Surveys were conducted in Brisbane and Melbourne, the two fastest growing Australian cities. Using an ordered logit modeling approach, the survey data including stated preferences were analyzed to pinpoint the important factors influencing people’s attitudes to a congestion charge and, in turn, to their transport mode choices. To accommodate the nature of, and to account for the resulting heterogeneity of the panel data, random effects were considered in the models. As expected, this study found that the amount of the congestion charge and the financial benefits of implementing it have a significant influence on respondents’ support for the charge and on the likelihood of their taking a bus to city areas. However, respondents’ current primary transport mode for travelling to the city areas has a more pronounced impact. Meanwhile, respondents’ perceptions of the congestion charge’s role in protecting the environment by reducing vehicle emissions, and of the extent to which the charge would mean that they travelled less frequently to the city for shopping or entertainment, also have a significant impact on their level of support for its implementation. We also found and explained notable differences across two cities. Finally, findings from this study have been fully discussed in relation to the literature.

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ID Code: 77942
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Congestion charge, congestion pricing, stated preference, random-effects ordered logit, violin plot
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2014.10.016
ISSN: 0965-8564
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, [VOL#, ISSUE#, (DATE)] DOI#ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2014 00:11
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 20:37

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