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Exploring the trip chaining behaviour of public transport users in Melbourne


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  • Currie, Graham
  • Delbosc, Alexa
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    This paper explores trip chaining behaviour of Melbourne residents using evidence from a household travel survey. The research literature has suggested that trip-making behaviour has grown increasingly complex as modern life has become busier and people grow time-poor. Complex trip chains have been said to require flexible travel modes, and for this reason some research has suggested that public transport is limited in this regard compared to the private car. Results of this study show that between 1994 and 1999 the complexity of trip chains was relatively stable and the complexity of chains was found to be larger for rail and tram than for car-based trips. Disaggregate analyses compare the complexity of chains based on work versus non-work chains, the purpose of stops on the chain, and whether the chain entered the central city of Melbourne or not. Overall these findings suggest a less bleak outlook for public transport ridership in a travel future which is said to be becoming more complex.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transport Policy.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 204-210

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:204-210

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    Keywords: Trip chaining Public transport Journey to work;


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    1. Habib, Khandker M. Nurul & Sasic, Ana, 2014. "A GEV model with scale heterogeneity for investigating the role of mobility tool ownership in peak period non-work travel mode choices," Journal of choice modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 10(C), pages 46-59.
    2. Ceder, Avishai & Chowdhury, Subeh & Taghipouran, Nima & Olsen, Jared, 2013. "Modelling public-transport users’ behaviour at connection point," Transport Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 112-122.
    3. Chinh Ho & Corinne Mulley, 2013. "Tour-based mode choice of joint household travel patterns on weekend and weekday," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 40(4), pages 789-811, July.
    4. Sang-Eon Seo & Nobuaki Ohmori & Noboru Harata, 2013. "Effects of household structure and accessibility on travel," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 40(4), pages 847-865, July.
    5. De Witte, Astrid & Hollevoet, Joachim & Dobruszkes, Frédéric & Hubert, Michel & Macharis, Cathy, 2013. "Linking modal choice to motility: A comprehensive review," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 329-341.
    6. Ho, Chinh Q. & Mulley, Corinne, 2013. "Multiple purposes at single destination: A key to a better understanding of the relationship between tour complexity and mode choice," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 206-219.


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