Explaining the Growth in Car Use in the Netherlands

This paper reports the results of several studies, conducted by the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis, explaining the growth in car use in the Netherlands. A simple explanatory model reveals that population growth is responsible for one-fourth of the increase in car use, while the remaining three-fourths is owing to changes in people’s behavior. The most important behavioral change is the increase in distances traveled, especially for home to work trips, and trips related to leisure activities. This in turn is explained by a rise in incomes, a decrease in (relative) costs of car ownership and car use, developments in the housing market and labor market, and changes in the locations of leisure facilities. Additional explanations for an increase in car use are the aging of the population and the growing number of ethnic minorities.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 20p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01155146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1507
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:40AM