Modelling the Joint Access Mode and Railway Station Choice

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Journal Article

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infrastructure - station, ridership - modelling, policy - parking, mode - rail, mode - mass transit, mode - bike, mode - pedestrian, mode - car


Walking distance, Transit, Railways, Railroads, Railroad terminals, Railroad stations, Public transit, Parking places, Parking facilities, Parking areas, Nonmotorized transportation, Mass transit, Local transit, Distance, Choice models, Car parks, Bicycle storage, Bicycle parking, Accessibility


This study models the choices of Dutch railway users. The authors find a steeper negative distance effect on the utility of departure stations accessed by the non-motorized modes of walking and bicycle as compared to the motorized modes of car and public transport. Availability of parking places and bicycle standing areas have a positive effect on the choice of departure railway stations accessed by car and bicycle, respectively. Public transport frequency has a positive whereas travel time has a negative effect on the choice of departure stations accessed by public transport. The derived rail service quality index (RSQI), which provides a measure of rail accessibility to all other stations, has a significant and positive effect on the choice of departure stations accessed by all modes. The outcome of this paper can be used to develop a comprehensive railway accessibility indicator for neighbourhoods, for hedonic pricing studies.


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