PART VI. PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION

Table 3: Factors Influencing Mode Choice

Trip Purpose Trip Characteristics Service Characteristics Traveler Characteristics
Work travel Distance between origin and destination Cost elastic Income
Travel time elastic  
Usually uniform annual temporal pattern  
Business travel Distance between origin and destination Cost inelastic Nature of employment
Lenght of stay Travel time elastic  
Nature of employment Elastic w.r.t. schedule frequency  
Need for transport at the destination Elastic w.r.t. reliability of service  
Recreation travel Distance between origin and destination High cost elasticity Income
Lenght of stay Low time elasticity Group Size
Need for transport at the destination Low convenience elasticity  
  Stong peaked temporal patterns  
Personal business travel Distance between origin and destination Less flexibility Income
Lenght of stay Low time elasticity Group Size
Need for transport at the destination Low convenience elasticity  
Peaked temporal patterns  
Higher cost elasticity than recreation travel  
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