Factors Determining Transit Access by Car Owners: Implications for Intermodal Passenger Transportation Planning

Tilahun, N., Thakuriah, P. and Mallon, Y. (2013) Factors Determining Transit Access by Car Owners: Implications for Intermodal Passenger Transportation Planning. In: Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA, 13-17 Jan 2013,

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Abstract

Although walking is the dominant mode of transportation to transit facilities, there are strong variations by socio-demographics, geography, mode of public transit used and other factors. There is particularly a need to understand ways in which car owners who choose to use public transportation can be encouraged to carpool, walk or bicycle in the “first mile” and “last mile” of the transit trip, instead of driving. These considerations have implications for addressing cold start trips resulting from short drives to transit facilities, active transportation strategies that may benefit transit users who currently drive, and in deriving solutions for shared transportation such as bicycle-sharing and car-sharing programs. Using data collected in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, we investigate how the mode choice for the access trip to transit stations is related to costs, personal and household variables, trip characteristics, and neighborhood factors including crash frequencies, crime prevalence, neighborhood racial characteristics, population density, roadway density etc. for persons in car owning households. The results suggest that while much of the choice depends on personal and trip related variables, some neighborhood level factors as well as the provision of parking at transit stations have important relationships to mode choice that can influence built environment factors such as density and policy areas such as the provision and operation of transit parking facilities.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Thakuriah, Professor Vonu
Authors: Tilahun, N., Thakuriah, P., and Mallon, Y.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Transportation Research Board
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder

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