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Analysing rail travellers' desire for reducing carbon emissions from personal travel

Hess, S, Marsden, G, Shires, J, Jopson, A and Muir, H (2010) Analysing rail travellers' desire for reducing carbon emissions from personal travel. In: Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting, 10-14 January 2010, Washington DC. National Academy of Sciences , Washington DC .

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Abstract

Rail is generally regarded to be more environmentally friendly than other forms of transport. Indeed, it is hypothesised that at least a small proportion of rail trips are made due to the relative environmental benefits of rail over competing modes. This paper reports on a recent study carried out in the United Kingdom which surveyed over 3,000 rail users, asking a series of questions to investigate baseline understandings of environmental issues as they relate to rail travel and the extent to which rail demand is currently influenced by environmental concerns. The study then investigates respondent’s desire for reducing carbon emissions by fitting discrete choice models to data collected through a stated preference survey. The study highlights important variations across the population in their valuations of reductions in carbon emissions. Crucially, these variations retrieved in the modelling analysis align very closely with the environmental attitudes retrieved in earlier stages of the survey.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Hess et al. This is an author prepared version of a paper presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 12:31
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:48
Status: Published
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43523

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