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Defining regional public transport

Hansson, Joel LU ; Pettersson, Fredrik LU orcid ; Svensson, Helena LU and Wretstrand, Anders LU (2018) In K2 working papers
Abstract
When exploring preferences of existing and potential public transport passengers, it is
relevant to acknowledge differences between different geographic scales: local, regional
and interregional. However, the boundaries between these categories remain unclear.
Some previous attempts have been made to define regional travel – and hence local and
interregional travel – but the resulting definitions are somewhat vague and use diverse
sets of metrics. In order to sort the terms, this paper aims to explore the perception of
the concept regional travel through a survey among public transport professionals. In
total, 290 completed questionnaires were collected. All continents are represented in the
survey, but with... (More)
When exploring preferences of existing and potential public transport passengers, it is
relevant to acknowledge differences between different geographic scales: local, regional
and interregional. However, the boundaries between these categories remain unclear.
Some previous attempts have been made to define regional travel – and hence local and
interregional travel – but the resulting definitions are somewhat vague and use diverse
sets of metrics. In order to sort the terms, this paper aims to explore the perception of
the concept regional travel through a survey among public transport professionals. In
total, 290 completed questionnaires were collected. All continents are represented in the
survey, but with a strong concentration of responses in North America and Europe. The
results emphasise the importance of maintaining a distinction between functionality and
technology, meaning that factors such as vehicle type or speed should not be included in
the definition. Instead, the survey indicates a clear preference for either an
administrative or a functional definition, depending on the purpose. The functional
definition is argued to best fit the purpose of exploring passengers’ preferences, and
hence the following working definition of regional public transport can be adopted:
Regional public transport targets passengers travelling between separate urban areas
or to rural areas, and a majority of the trips are made on a regular basis (daily to
weekly in general). (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
I studier av resenärernas, och potentiella resenärers, preferenser är den geografiska skalan en intressant parameter: lokalt, regionalt, interregionalt. Det finns emellertid ingen tydlig bild av gränsdragningarna däremellan. Ett antal möjliga definitioner har identifierats i litteraturen, men dessa definitioner är tämligen vaga och använder dessutom olika typer av indikatorer. I syfte att reda ut begreppen och utforska tolkningen av begreppet regionalt resande i kollektivtrafikbranschen har en enkätundersökning genomförts. Totalt erhölls 290 ifyllda enkäter, från 40 olika länder. Alla kontinenter är representerade i undersökningen, men merparten av enkätsvaren kommer från Nordamerika och Europa. Resultaten understryker betydelsen av att... (More)
I studier av resenärernas, och potentiella resenärers, preferenser är den geografiska skalan en intressant parameter: lokalt, regionalt, interregionalt. Det finns emellertid ingen tydlig bild av gränsdragningarna däremellan. Ett antal möjliga definitioner har identifierats i litteraturen, men dessa definitioner är tämligen vaga och använder dessutom olika typer av indikatorer. I syfte att reda ut begreppen och utforska tolkningen av begreppet regionalt resande i kollektivtrafikbranschen har en enkätundersökning genomförts. Totalt erhölls 290 ifyllda enkäter, från 40 olika länder. Alla kontinenter är representerade i undersökningen, men merparten av enkätsvaren kommer från Nordamerika och Europa. Resultaten understryker betydelsen av att upprätthålla en distinktion mellan funktionella och tekniska attribut, vilket innebär att faktorer såsom fordonstyp och hastighet inte bör inkluderas i definitionen. I stället visar resultaten av enkätstudien en tydlig preferens bland respondenterna för antingen administrativa eller ett funktionella kriterier. Av dessa båda alternativ är en funktionell definition bäst lämpad, mot bakgrund av syftet att studera resenärers preferenser. Slutsatsen är att följande definition av regional kollektivtrafik kan användas i samband med studier av resenärernas preferenser: Regional kollektivtrafik riktas mot resor mellan tätorter eller till områden utanför tätort, och en majoritet av resorna genomförs regelbundet (generellt dagligen till en gång i veckan). (Less)
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Definition av regional kollektivtrafik
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2018:7
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20 pages
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K2 - Nationellt kunskapscentrum för kollektivtrafik
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English
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  author       = {Hansson, Joel and Pettersson, Fredrik and Svensson, Helena and Wretstrand, Anders},
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  year         = {2018},
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