"Office suites suit the railways": the effects of office relocation to public transport nodal points on passenger mobility

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Dutch location policy attempts to achieve that labour-intensive employment (large number of employees per unit area) is situated close to public transport nodal points. More than on existing employment locations, atte_rttion is focused on new situations. Some years ago, the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (ll.IVM) started a research program to establish the possible effects on mobility of a large-scale relocation of existing office employment to sites well accessible by public transport (Van Wee, 1992). Following literature surveys (Van Wee, 1993a, 1993b, 1994), em- pirical research was carried out (Van Wee, 1995). Employees of two offices of Ri- jkswaterstaat, the public works department of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management were surveyed. Models have been estimated which describe employees' reactions to office relocation (change of dwelling yes/no, change of job yes/no) (Van Wee, 1996a). These models have been applied in a scenario study to evaluate the effects of a large-scale office relocation over a period till 2015 to sites well accessible by public transport (Van Wee, 1996b). Van Wee (1997) gives a sum- mary of the complete research program. This paper focuses on the spatial scenario study. The Rijkswaterstaat survey and the models will be summarised. Furthermore, two of the most important methodoIogical issues will be dealt with: the collection of panel data using only a single survey, and the incorporation of the estimated models into the standard Dutch National Model System (LMS). Section 2 gives an outline of Dutch location policy. Section 3 briefly presents the Ri- jkswaterstaat survey. Section 4 presents the estimated models for employees' reactions to office moves. Section 5 deals with the set-up of the scenario study. Section 6 gives a short presentation of the Dutch National Model. Section 7 deals with how the devel- oped choice models have been embedded in the National Model. Section 8 gives the main results from the scenario study. Section 9 deals with the relevance of the results for Dutch location policy. Section 10 gives the conclusions.


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