Identifying Transit Driver Preferences for Work Shift Structures: An Econometric Analysis

The authors present a methodology to identify shift characteristics that are important for drivers, based on socioeconomic characteristics. They propose two strategies that address the inefficiencies transit companies experience in adhering to strict labor requirements, along with the demands of daily and weekly time-dependent scheduling patterns. The first involves the use of flexible shifts that, in accordance to a predefined contract, may change on a daily basis. The second involves using split shifts where drivers' work hours are split in two, allowing for service during both morning and afternoon peak travel periods. The research includes an estimation of a mixed logit model that uses stated preference data for shift work choice. Data for the model comes from a sampling of interviews involving 436 transit drivers who work for two Santiago, Chile-based transit operators – Alsa Metropolitano S.A. and Redbus S.A. Drivers' preferences show considerable heterogeneity in the results, noting a willingness among a significant number to participate in flexible shifts. The authors conclude that their method of quantifying the impact of shift characteristics will help transit operators offer better shift work conditions to their drivers for mutual benefit.

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  • Authors:
    • Miranda, Felipe
    • Munoz, Juan Carlos
    • de Dios Ortuzar, Juan
  • Publication Date: 2008-2


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 70-86
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  • Accession Number: 01091542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 6 2008 3:37PM