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Personal Repertoire Of Travel Modes And Mode Change Potential


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N. Karasmaa & V. Voltti


This paper presents research concerning people’s personal repertoire of travel modes. The repertoire is studied from the viewpoint of how committed people are to using a certain travel mode or a combination of travel modes. Also the objective was to look into the reasons for, and background of, people’s choices. Based on the survey, respondents were profiled to five mover groups according to how committed they were to using certain travel modes. These groups were heavy car users (12%), car users (30%), regular customers of public transport (22%), people who prefer walking or cycling (14%), and people who mix all modes (22%). For any individual trip purpose that was studied about half of the respondents used only one travel mode. One third of the respondents had a dominant mode, but they used also other modes and one fifth had two or more equally common travel modes. Keywords: mobility management, public transport, mode choice. 1 Introduction The objective of the research was to examine how committed individual travellers are to using a certain travel mode or a repertoire of travel modes. The survey aims to ascertain the extent to which people use different travel modes by addressing questions such as: What proportion of public transport users also use other modes regularly or occasionally? What travel modes do different groups of people consider as relevant alternatives, given a potential for choosing between the alternatives? These involve further questions, for example: What proportion of regular car drivers never use public transport in any circumstances? For what proportion of car drivers is the competitiveness of public transport a relevant factor?


mobility management, public transport, mode choice.