The role of pre-transport in travelers’ transportation mode choice A study conducted in the region of the railway station of Eindhoven



Last Updated: 8-2015


It is desirable to reduce private car use in the Netherlands because of the consequences it has for environmental and societal costs. The increase of motorized vehicle use brings many problems with it globally, while alternative transportation modes are less harmful for the environment. Travelers changing their transportation mode choice from the private car to less harmful alternatives like the train could contribute to solving the previously mentioned problems. Many travelers are deterred from using the train due to various aspects of the railway journey they do not like. It is important to know which characteristics of different journeys affect transportation mode choice in order to address the problem. A stated preference experiment is used to collect data of travelers transportation mode choice. Data was collected from 415 respondents in the region of Eindhoven. Important is that the research is not conducted from existing railway users only, but from a target group that has divers characteristics and use different types of transportation modes. This data is analyzed using a multinomial logit model to see which characteristics of the journeys affect transportation mode choice most. Time and monetary cost related characteristics proved to be the most important in transportation mode choice. So when it is desired to change travelers transportation mode it would be most effective to make a change in those characteristics of the journeys.