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Context-dependent influence of road attributes and pricing policies on route choice behavior of truck drivers: results of a conjoint choice experiment

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  • Theo Arentze

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  • Tao Feng

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  • Harry Timmermans

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  • Jops Robroeks

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    In this paper, we report the results of a stated choice experiment, which was conducted to examine truck drivers’ route choice behavior. Of particular interest are the questions (i) what is the relative importance of road accessibility considerations via-a-vis traditional factors influencing route choice behavior, (ii) what are the influences of particular personal and situational variables on the evaluation of route attributes, (iii) how sensitive are truck drivers for possible pricing policies, and (iv) is there a difference in impact if environmental concerns are framed as a bonus or as a pricing instrument. The main findings indicate that road accessibility characteristics have a substantial impact on route preferences which is of the same order of magnitude as variation in travel times. This suggests that provision of adequate travel information in itself can be an effective instrument to prevent negative externalities of good transport associated with shortest routes. Furthermore, the results indicate that truck drivers/route planners when choosing a route are relatively sensitive to road pricing schemes and rather insensitive to environmental bonuses. Copyright The Author(s) 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Transportation.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 1173-1188

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:transp:v:39:y:2012:i:6:p:1173-1188

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    Keywords: Freight transport; Route choice; Price policies; Stated choice experiment;

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