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Travel Patterns of Urban Linear Ferry Passengers: Analysis of Smart Card Fare Data for Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Griffith University, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5956-7704
2015 (English)In: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, ISSN 0361-1981, no 2535, p. 79-87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban linear ferry systems are an emerging form of public transport in cities worldwide. The travel behavior of passengers who used CityCat ferries in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, was investigated with data from 1,675,821 smart card fare transactions for ferry trips made over a 6-month period. Although services used small vessels and had only one main route, about 2.3% of all paid public transport journeys in Brisbane were made on CityCat and the related cross-river ferries. The ferries were used more for commuting and university trips on weekdays with significant patronage in the morning and afternoon peak periods. Use was consistent on weekend days. Although use was strong, most users were infrequent patrons; this use suggested that leisure travel was a significant component of the system. Key terminals with high use rates included those where transfer to cross-river ferry services was possible. The system offered single-stop cross-river travel at many points. However, only 15.8% of paid trips in March 2013 were made this way; 84.2% of trips continued farther up- or downriver. Integration with other buses and trains was significant; about 15% of all ferry journeys were linked to another mode of public transport. Additional investigation into how users access terminals and interact with other public transport modes is suggested. With expansion planned, the CityCat system could increase its contribution to public transport in Brisbane. Increasing the use frequency of the large pool of infrequent riders could increase patronage of the system.

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National Research Council , 2015. no 2535, p. 79-87
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211277DOI: 10.3141/2535-09ISI: 000370395400010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84976448594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211277DiVA, id: diva2:1128609
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Available from: 2017-07-27 Created: 2017-07-27 Last updated: 2017-08-03Bibliographically approved

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