Demand responsive bus, home and work locations, and daily travel behavior

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Demand Responsive Bus (DRB, 定制公交 in Chinese) is emerging as an important
alternative to traditional public transport. Much research attention has been paid to the acceptance, usage patterns, and design of DRB, not much research has been conducted to investigate the implications of DRB on people’s home and work locations and travel behavior. This research is proposed to address this research gap. The study will focus on comparing the spatial and sociodemographic profiles of commuters by different transport modes including DRB and understanding how DRB plays a role in shaping people’s daily travel behavior and influencing residential and work location choices.

The empirical study will be conducted in Shenzhen where the DRB services are most developed in China. We shall identify three groups of daily commuters using private transport, traditional public transport (e.g. bus or rail transit), and DRB. We shall collect first-hand data from both DRB users and non-users living in different districts of Shenzhen. Various statistical analysis and modelling approaches including stated preference methods will be applied to characterize DRB users and examine the impacts of DRB usage on travel behavior, travel satisfaction and home as well as work locations. Findings of this project shall enrich the literature on demand responsive transport and new mobility services in general. They will be particularly relevant for urban and transport planners to develop land use and transport policies to facilitate the development of DRB and maximize its social, wellbeing, environmental and transport benefits.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/2431/12/26

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