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Temporal and spatial variability of determinants of satisfaction with public transport in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, System analysis and economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Measuring and analysing satisfaction with public transport services facilitates service performance

monitoring, market analysis, benchmarking and the identification of priority areas. The systematic and

regular collection of information concerning satisfaction enables to investigate how passengers’

satisfaction as well as its determinants changes over time and space. These changes may be driven by

changes in service quality or shifts in passengers’ expectations and preferences. This study analyses how

satisfaction with public transport and its determinants evolved over time (in the years 2001-2013) and

across space (in 5 county-regions) in Sweden. The determinants of satisfaction are identified based on a

factor analysis and the estimation of multivariate satisfaction regression models. The superposition of the

findings culminates in two dynamic passenger satisfaction priority maps which allow identifying priority

areas based on observed trends in satisfaction with quality of service attributes and their respective

importance. The deterioration of Overall Satisfaction with public transport in Sweden in recent years is

driven by a decrease in satisfaction with Customer interface and Length of Trip Time. These two service

aspects as well as Operation and Network were found key determinants of Overall Satisfaction which users

from most of the county-regions consistently rate among the least satisfactory. The results of this thesis are

instrumental in supporting service providers in designing measures that will foster satisfaction in the


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 107 p.
TSC-MT, 14-023
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170644OAI: diva2:839334
Available from: 2015-07-02 Created: 2015-07-02

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