Low-carbon travel mode choices: The role of time perceptions and familiarity

Item Type Journal paper

Academic studies and recent social movements alike highlight the importance of changing flying behavior for reaching global climate goals. A particularly effective strategy for minimizing transport-related CO2 emissions is to substitute flights with train travel. The same trip causes around 80–90% less CO2 emissions by train than by plane. The results of this paper are based on two independent samples, the first representing the Swiss population, the second one including international business students. Both empirical studies consistently show that respondents who are familiar with train travel are also more prone to consider the train as an alternative for international, long-distance trips. Furthermore, both studies find systematic differences when it comes to travel time perceptions of likely air and train travelers: While people who are inclined to travel by plane see a high value in minimizing the total travel time of their journey, likely train travelers put less emphasis on minimizing total travel time. At the same time, prospective train travelers find it highly important to be able to use their travel time productively, which does not seem to be the case for potential air travelers. As consumer insights about the willingness to substitute flying with train travel are rare, the results of this paper build a basis for developing communication strategies and policies aiming at increasing low-carbon travel mode choices.

Authors Dällenbach, Nathalie
Journal or Publication Title Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Language English
Subjects social sciences
Refereed Yes
Date September 2020
Publisher Elsevier Science
Volume 86
ISSN 1361-9209
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2020.102378
Depositing User Nathalie Dällenbach
Date Deposited 11 Dec 2020 15:51
Last Modified 11 Dec 2020 15:51
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261670


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Dällenbach, Nathalie (2020) Low-carbon travel mode choices: The role of time perceptions and familiarity. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 86 ISSN 1361-9209


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