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Title: The socio-cognitive links between road pricing acceptability and changes in travel-behavior
Authors: COOLS, Mario
BRIJS, Kris
TORMANS, Hans
MOONS, Elke
JANSSENS, Davy
WETS, Geert
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 45(8). p. 779-788
Abstract: The objective of this study is to examine the effect of road pricing on people's tendency to adapt their current travel behavior. To this end, the relationship between changes in activity-travel behavior on the one hand and public acceptability and its most important determinants on the other are investigated by means of a stated adaptation experiment. Using a two-stage hierarchical model, it was found that behavioral changes themselves are not dependent on the perceived acceptability of road pricing itself, and that only a small amount of the variability in the behavioral changes were explained by socio-cognitive factors. The lesson for policy makers is that road pricing charges must surpass a minimum threshold in order to entice changes in activity-travel behavior and that the benefits of road pricing should be clearly communicated, taking into account the needs and abilities of different types of travelers. Secondly, earlier findings concerning the acceptability of push measures were validated, supporting transferability of results. In line with other studies, effectiveness, fairness and personal norm all had a significant direct impact on perceived acceptability. Finally, the relevance of using latent factors rather than aggregate indicators was underlined. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: Reprint Address: Cools, M (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Transportat Res Inst IMOB, Wetenschapspk 5 Bus 6, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Addresses: 1. Hasselt Univ, Transportat Res Inst IMOB, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium 2. Res Fdn Flanders FWO, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium 3. XIOS Univ Coll, Dept Construct Engn, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium 4. Stat Netherlands CBS, Social & Spatial Stat Div SRS SAH, NL-6401 CZ Heerlen, Netherlands
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/12104
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2011.06.006
ISI #: 000294094100006
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2012
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