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Policy implications and analysis of the determinants of travel mode choice: an application of choice experiments to metropolitan Costa Rica

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  • Alpizar, Francisco
  • Carlsson, Fredrik

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In this paper we study a group of policies aimed at discouraging the use of private transportation during peak hours, both directly and indirectly, by increasing the attractiveness of the only available substitute, the bus. This is done using a choice experiment constructed to find the answer to the following basic question: Given fixed house-to work structures and no working hour flexibility, by how much is the choice of travel mode for commuters to work sensitive to changes in travel time, changes in costs for each mode and other service attributes? This information is then used to identify the most suitable combination of policies dealing with air pollution and congestion in the typical developing country context of metropolitan Costa Rica. We also provide estimates of the value of travel time as a measure of the potential benefits gained from reduced congestion.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2003)
Issue (Month): 04 (October)
Pages: 603-619

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  1. Francisco Amador & Rosa González & Juan Ortúzar, 2005. "Preference Heterogeneity and Willingness to Pay for Travel Time Savings," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 32(6), pages 627-647, November.
  2. Blackman, Allen & Osakwe, Rebecca & Alpizar, Francisco, 2009. "Fuel Tax Incidence in Developing Countries: The Case of Costa Rica," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-09-24-efd, Resources For the Future.
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  4. Toro González, Daniel & Alvis Arrieta, Jorge & Arellano Cartagena, William, 2004. "Transporte público en Cartagena: ¿Qué factores determinan las preferencias de los usuarios?
    [Public transportation in Cartagena: what factors determine user preferences? (in Spanish)]
    ," MPRA Paper 1773, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Feb 2005.

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