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How to Incorporate the Spatial Dimension in Destination Choice Models: The Case of Antwerp


  • Hakim Hammadou
  • Isabelle Thomas
  • Ann Verhetsel
  • Frank Witlox


This paper presents and estimates destination choice models based on a large sample of intra-urban trips. Particular attention is paid to incorporating the effects of the spatial dimension. The data used relate to non-work trips in the agglomeration of Antwerp (Belgium). A geographical analysis is performed in order to represent the city and its suburbs by a limited set of zones of destinations and to characterize these zones in terms of land use. Different types of discrete choice model are compared in terms of utility function, global formulation and performance. The mixed nested logit formulation with random coefficients appears to be the most attractive. The results confirm the difficulty of grasping spatial realities by simple quantitative measurements but also illustrate the importance of ‘space’ when choosing a destination. The empirical results also show that land use and urban development policies clearly have their effect on urban mobility.

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  • Hakim Hammadou & Isabelle Thomas & Ann Verhetsel & Frank Witlox, 2008. "How to Incorporate the Spatial Dimension in Destination Choice Models: The Case of Antwerp," Transportation Planning and Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(2), pages 153-181, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:transp:v:31:y:2008:i:2:p:153-181
    DOI: 10.1080/03081060801948126

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    1. Zwerts, Enid & Allaert, Georges & Janssens, Davy & Wets, Geert & Witlox, Frank, 2010. "How children view their travel behaviour: a case study from Flanders (Belgium)," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 702-710.
    2. Boussauw, Kobe & Witlox, Frank, 2009. "Introducing a commute-energy performance index for Flanders," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 43(5), pages 580-591, June.
    3. Van Acker, Veronique & Witlox, Frank, 2010. "Car ownership as a mediating variable in car travel behaviour research using a structural equation modelling approach to identify its dual relationship," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 65-74.
    4. Páez, Antonio & López, Fernando A. & Ruiz, Manuel & Morency, Catherine, 2013. "Development of an indicator to assess the spatial fit of discrete choice models," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 217-233.

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