Preference heterogeneity in mode choice based on a nationwide survey with a focus on urban rail

Zheng, Zuduo, Washington, Simon, Hyland, Paul, Sloan, Keith, & Liu, Yulin (2016) Preference heterogeneity in mode choice based on a nationwide survey with a focus on urban rail. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 91, pp. 178-194.

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The provision of efficient and effective urban public transport and transport policy requires a deep understanding of the factors influencing urban travellers’ choice of travel mode. The majority of existing literature reports on the results from single cities. This study presents the results of a nationwide travel survey implemented to examine multiple modes of urban passenger transport across five mainland state capitals in Australia, with a focus of urban rail. The study aims to explore differences in mode choices among surveyed travellers sampled from the five cities by accounting for two types of factors: service quality and features of public transport, and socio demographic characteristics. A stated preference approach is adopted to elicit people’s valuation of specified mode-choice related factors and their willingness to pay. In particular, the availabilities of wireless and laptop stations – two factors rarely examined in the literature, were also considered in the SP survey. The survey data were analysed using mixed logit models. To test for preference heterogeneity, socio-demographic factors were interacted with random parameters, and their influences on marginal utilities simulated. The analysis reveals that intercity differences, user group status, gender, income, and trip purposes partially explain observed preference heterogeneity.

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ID Code: 96478
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: rail transit, mode choice, stated preference, mixed logit, Wi-Fi, laptop station
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.06.032
ISSN: 0965-8564
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.06.032
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2016 22:57
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 04:21

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