Making Headway Towards A Better Understanding of Service Frequency Valuations: A Study of How The Relative Valuation of Train Service Frequency and in-Vehicle Time Vary with Traveller Characteristics

This article reports on a study of how the relative valuation of train service frequency and in-vehicle time (IVT) vary with characteristics of the travelers. In-vehicle time and headway are two key variables that can affect door-to-door train travel time. The authors hypothesize that different categories of travelers will value IVT and headway differently, thus the proportions of these travelers on a specific route should affect traffic planning. For example, optimal system design might differ between routes carrying many commuters and routes carrying mainly passengers on single private or business trips. The authors report on their study of the relative values of headway versus IVT in inter-urban commuting by train and single inter-urban trips by train; they also examine differences between socioeconomic groups. The study includes stated choice (SC) data from 580 Swedish respondents. The authors found that commuters value increased headway 19 percentage points more than do non-commuters. Young people (under age 21 years) value headway more than do older people, while people with children value headway less than do the childless. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of the implications of their findings for commuter trains in Sweden.

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    • Holmgren, Johan
    • Ivehammar, Pernilla
  • Publication Date: 2014-3


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  • Accession Number: 01531930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2014 9:58AM