The association between transit accessibility and space-time flexibility of shopping travel: On the moderating role of ICT use

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Journal Article

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place - asia, mode - bus, mode - subway/metro, ridership - behaviour, technology - intelligent transport systems, planning - signage/information, planning - surveys, infrastructure - interchange/transfer, infrastructure - station


Information and communication technologies (ICT), transit stations, space-time flexibility (SPF), transfer routes


Lower accessibility to transit services may lead to more constraints, making travel less flexible in space and time. By using information and communication technologies (ICT), travelers can obtain additional travel information on transit stations and transfer routes, possibly attenuating the negative effects of low transit accessibility on the space-time flexibility (SPF) of travel. Based on data from 612 interviews in Chengdu (China), this study delves into the impact of transit accessibility on the SPF of shopping travel for non-daily goods, as well as the moderating role of ICT use. Binomial logistic regression models suggest that both bus accessibility and metro accessibility are significantly and positively associated with the SPF. Nonetheless, this association is not statistically significant for those who frequently use ICT for searching transit information, suggesting an attenuating effect of ICT use. Therefore, the frequent use of ICT may mitigate the social inequality in the SPF posed by the uneven distribution of transit facilities.


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