FACTORS AFFECTING URBAN ROUTE CHOICE OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS: SOME EVIDENCE FROM BRISBANE

This paper reports on research aimed at understanding the route choice behaviour of freight vehicle drivers. Empirical evidence is presented on the factors which influence the choice of urban route by commercial vehicle drivers in urban networks. Results from a survey of 100 freight drivers in Brisbane are discussed in detail. The study was concerned with the influence on route choice of factors such as vehicle size, trip purpose, road network and driver characteristics, and real-time radio advice on traffic under congested conditions. Most drivers perceived that they had only three main routes to their destination. Most drivers found less congestion and the shortest route to be the most important factors affecting their route choice. As expected, the impact of toll roads on route choice was also more pronounced for owner-drivers than for company drivers. Heavy vehicle drivers perceived road surface quality to be almost as important as travel time when making route choice decisions. Drivers of articulated vehicles placed a greater emphasis on road width, road alignment, number of turns and traffic lights, and congestion when compared with rigid vehicle drivers. This research was summarized in a paper presented at the Australasian Transport Research Forum, 1993. (See IRRD 849499).

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    Queensland University of Technology

    School of Civil Engineering
    Brisbane,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • FERREIRA, L
    • BITZIOS, D
  • Publication Date: 1992-12

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 23 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00662069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-86856-845-7
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM