Mode Choice in Commuter Rail Catchment Areas: Recent Trends and Role of Policy Interventions in the Greater Toronto Area

This study is focused on investigating the commuter behaviour in areas adjacent to commuter rail service, using GO Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) as a case study. More specifically, this study aims at developing a better understanding of the mode split of the commuting trips originating in GO rail station catchment areas and its relationship with various key factors. It also investigates the key trends in mode split over the period of 1996 to 2011, focusing on GO rail mode share and how it is associated with policy interventions. This study used data from four large-scale household travel surveys conducted in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 in the study area. Descriptive statistics and a multilevel random intercept model are utilized to achieve the study goals. The study presents a wide range of results starting from the users’ walking distances to GO stations to mode split and GO rail mode share association with key variables such as residential density and type of household. It also shows that within the GO rail catchment areas, strategies aimed at improving the local GO service conditions and accessibility had a statistically significant positive association with GO rail mode share. This study offers policy makers and planners a better understanding of the mode share of residents of commuter rail station catchment areas and its relationships with some of the key factors and trends.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AP070 Standing Committee on Commuter Rail Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Diab, Ehab
    • Akbari, Saidal
    • Habib, Khandker Nurul
    • Shalaby, Amer
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-04550
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:42AM