Context-Dependent Importance of Environmental Bonus and Road Pricing Schemes on Freight Route Choice Behavior: Results of Conjoint Choice Experiment

In this paper, we report the results of a stated choice experiment, which was conducted to examine truck drivers’ route choice behavior. Of particular interest are the questions (i) what is the relative importance of road accessibility considerations via-a-vis traditional factors influencing route choice behavior, (ii) what are the influences of particular personal and situational variables on the evaluation of route attributes, (iii) how sensitive are truck drivers for possible pricing policies, and (iv) is there a difference in impact if environmental concerns are framed as a bonus or as a pricing instrument. The main findings indicate that road accessibility characteristics have a substantial impact on route preferences which is of the same order of magnitude as variation in travel times. This suggests that provision of adequate travel information can in itself be an effective instrument to prevent negative externalities of good transport associated with shortest routes. Furthermore, the results indicate that truck drivers/route planners when choosing a route are relatively sensitive to road pricing schemes and rather insensitive to environmental bonuses.


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  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2157
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  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:59AM