Implications of congestion charging for departure time choice: work and non-work schedule flexibility.

Saleh, Wafaa and Farrell, Séona (2005) Implications of congestion charging for departure time choice: work and non-work schedule flexibility. Transportation Research, Part A: Policy and Practice, 39 (7-9). pp. 773-791. ISSN 0965-8564

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The objective of this paper is to investigate the potential impacts of implementing variable congestion charging on the peak spreading of departure time choices, taking into account levels of scheduling flexibility of individuals. In particular, this study addresses non-work activities as well as socio-economic characteristics and their influence on scheduling flexibility for work trips. Departure time choice models were calibrated using data collected as part of a larger survey on the consequences of congestion charging on travel choices in the city of Edinburgh. The inclusion of variables related to work and non-work scheduling, as well as socio-economic variables have improved the performance of the models. This suggests that non-work activities, as well as work schedule flexibility have an impact on departure time choice for the journey to work. This means that even for those with flexible work schedules, but with other non-work commitments, the timing of their work trip may not be so flexible. Therefore, for the success of variable congestion charging schemes, other complimentary measures should be introduced in parallel. These include, for example, child care provision at work, opening hours of shops and leisure facilities.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0965-8564
Uncontrolled Keywords: Congestion charging; Departure time choice; Peak traffic spreading; Work schedule flexibility; Non-work activities; Discrete choice modelling;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Item ID: 1918
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 May 2008 14:00
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 15:06

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