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Title: Identifying the determinants of light rail mode choice for medium/long distance trips: results from a stated preference study
Authors: CREEMERS, Lieve 
COOLS, Mario 
Lateur, Pieter-Jan
WETS, Geert 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: 91th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, U.S.A., 22-26 January 2012.
Abstract: The introduction of new public transport systems can influence society in a multitude of ways, ranging from modal choices and the environment to economic growth. This paper examines the determinants of light rail mode choice for medium/long distance trips (10-40km) for a new light rail system in Flanders, Belgium. To investigate these choices, the effects of various transport system specific factors (i.e. travel cost, in-vehicle travel time, transit punctuality, waiting time, access/egress time, transfers, and the availability of empty seats) as well as the travelers‟ personal traits, are analyzed using an alternating logistic regression model, which explicitly takes into account the correlated responses for binary data. The data used for the analysis stem from a stated preference survey which was conducted in Flanders, Belgium. The modeling results yield findings that are in line with literature: most transport system specific factors as well as socioeconomic variables, attitudinal factors, perceptions and the frequency of using public transport contribute significantly to the preference of light rail transit. In particular, it is shown that the use of light rail is strongly influenced by travel cost and in-vehicle travel time and to a lesser extent by waiting and access/egress time. It also appeared that seat availability plays a more important role than transfers in the decision process to choose light rail transit. The findings of this paper can be used by policy makers as a frame of reference to make light rail transit more successful.
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DOI: 10.3141/2275-04
Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
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