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The Challenge of Using Public Transport: Descriptions by People with Cognitive Functional Limitations


  • Rosenkvist, Jenny

    () (Lund University, Sweden)

  • Risser, Ralf

    (Lund University, Sweden)

  • Iwarsson, Susanne

    (Lund University, Sweden)

  • Wendel, Kerstin

    (Lund University, Sweden)

  • Ståhl, Agneta

    (Lund University, Sweden)


This paper describes the findings of a study aiming to achieve deeper insight into reasons people with cognitive functional limitations cease to use public transport. Semi-structured interviews in combination with a qualitative content analysis were performed with nine participants. The results showed that reasons not to use public transport were to some degree a usability problem—both real and imagined. Other reasons were that participants had changed from buses or trains to other modes of transport or had psychologically adapted themselves to a new situation which meant that they did not miss using public transport.

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  • Rosenkvist, Jenny & Risser, Ralf & Iwarsson, Susanne & Wendel, Kerstin & Ståhl, Agneta, 2009. "The Challenge of Using Public Transport: Descriptions by People with Cognitive Functional Limitations," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 2(1), pages 65-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jtralu:0019

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    3. Nordbakke, Susanne, 2013. "Capabilities for mobility among urban older women: barriers, strategies and options," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 166-174.
    4. Lamont, Deborah & Kenyon, Susan & Lyons, Glenn, 2013. "Dyslexia and mobility-related social exclusion: the role of travel information provision," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 147-157.
    5. Steven Farber & Antonio Páez, 2010. "Employment status and commute distance of Canadians with disabilities," Transportation, Springer, vol. 37(6), pages 931-952, November.

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    usability; accessibility; semi-structured interviews; environment; urban areas;

    JEL classification:

    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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