EFFECT OF FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THE JOURNEY TO WORK (1977)

The travel habits of public transport employees who had free travel concessions on public transport were compared with those of similar groups of workers who had to pay fares in seven provincial cities. The results suggested that socio-economic variables were very important in explaining car ownership and availability, but less so in influencing mode choice, while the difficulty and cost of the public transport journey appeared to have an important effect on mode choice and car availability, and less so on car ownership. The best estimate of the effect of providing free public transport for the control group is that car use by peak-hour commuters who do not need their car at work would be reduced by 22 percent, that 10 percent of those workers who had a car available for the work journey would no longer have the choice and that car ownership among commuting households would be reduced by a statistically nonsignificant 3 percent. The study used linear logit models to examine the effect of the many different travel and socio-economic factors on mode choice between car and public transport for the journey to work.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00321237
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM