Rail Passengers’ Time Use and Utility Assessment: 2010 Findings from Great Britain with Multivariate Analysis
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Using data from Great Britain‟s National Passenger Survey 2010 this paper examines 4 the travel time use of rail passengers and their indicative assessment of its utility. The 5 paper explores the impacts of individuals‟ socio demographic characteristics, types of 6 activity undertaken and the perceived difficulties that may be faced by the travellers 7 on their assessment of travel time use utility. The study shows that only 13% of 8 travellers considered their travel time as wasted. However, this varies by journey 9 purpose, travelling class (first/standard class), gender and journey length. The study 10 shows that the positive or negative appreciation by passengers of their journey time is 11 not only a result of various combinations of on-board activity engagements, but also 12 the smoothness of overall journey experience. Being able to work/study on the train 13 most significantly increases individual appreciation of time use. However, a delay on 14 an individual‟s train journey also has a major influence in reducing his/her perceived 15 value of travel time spent. ICT devices that enable travellers to watch film/video or 16 play games or check emails are more appreciated than those providing access to 17 music/podcast or access to social networking sites. The paper joins others in 18 questioning assumptions made in economic appraisal that travel time is unproductive. 19 It concludes with a call for more substantive and targeted data collection efforts 20 within travel behaviour research devoted to further unravelling the phenomenon of the 21 positive utility of travel.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington DC, 2012.
Transport Systems and Logistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71770OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-71770DiVA: diva2:486977
The 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
FunderTrenOp, Transport Research Environment with Novel Perspectives
TSC import 955 2012-01-30 QC 201305202012-01-312012-01-312013-05-20Bibliographically approved