Which one is faster and cheaper: car or public transport? - An empirical study of perceived travel time and costs

Aktivität: VortragWissenschaftlicher Vortrag (Science-to-Science)


Though the awareness of climate change arises, traffic patterns still remain in a habitual way for many individuals. While some change of modal split were observable in the past years, recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a renaissance of individual mobility and fostered existing habits and preconceptions of individual mobility. The current study aims to evaluate both test whether these preconceptions are based on actuals facts as well as to evaluate the extent of their presence. Therefore, a multimethod research design comprising of a quantitative evaluation and an empirical survey was carried out. The calculation shows misconceptions of costs of car usage and suggests an underestimation of costs. According to the results, doubling the costs of car usage would not cause a decrease of car usage in 49%. Similarly, 49% indicate that if given free public transport, their car usage would remain constant. To conclude, it can be confirmed that the cost aspect plays little role in mobility decision of many individuals, thus making it challenging to influence existing mobility habits.
Zeitraum18 Mai 2023
EreignistitelChallenges of Europe: Design for the Next Generation
OrtBol, KroatienAuf Karte anzeigen