Analyzing the travel behaviour and travel preferences of employees and students commuting via the dubai metro

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Abstract

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the Dubai Metro as a proactive and systematic approach to key transport challenges that face the city, such as traffic congestion resulting from rapid growth during the past two decades. This paper uses a logit model to analyze the factors that influence government and private employees to select the Dubai Metro as their main commuting method. A convenience sample survey was conducted among employees working in selected government institutions and private companies, as well as at Zayed University; the total sample size was 430. The analysis shows that the travel behaviour of government employees is distinctly different from that of workers in the private sector. The study also found statistically significant associations between factors such as level of education, nationality, purpose of travel, walking time between station and work, and frequency of Metro usage and the intention to use the Dubai Metro in employment journeys. Owning a car, crowded cabins, the speed of the Metro, the frequency of stops, and weather discouraged government employees from using the Metro.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-65
Number of pages24
JournalArab World Geographer
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Bus transit
  • Demand transport modelling
  • Dubai Metro
  • Light rail transit
  • Multimodal transport
  • Sustainable transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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