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Authors: Grechi, Daniele
Internal Tutor: MAGGI, ELENA
Title: Sustainability in passenger transport: the relevance of punctuality in rail and modal choice in commuting
Abstract: The overall purpose of this PhD research is the analysis of the sustainable passenger mobility, both on long and short-distance trips. Mobility plays a central role in the social system and it is a key driving force for socio-economic, global and local development, but it produces also negative externalities on the territory. The thesis has the aim to explain the main elements of sustainable mobility from a theoretical point of view and, successively, to apply these concepts to two empirical cases with the use of Italian real data. These empirical analyses can help in underling the importance of sustainable mobility and of the efforts to improve it, influencing the transport modal choices of the commuter journeys. The first case regards the most sustainable mode of transport for medium-long distance trips, the train, and particularly the problem of delay that strongly affects the performance of the train, influencing the modal choices of commuters. The analysis is based on data collected in the period 2013-2016 on the railway line from Milano to Genoa. The second case concerns medium-short trips, focusing on the issue of home-work commuting of a medium Italian university located in two different cities (Varese and Como) in the north of Italy. The data come from a survey performed in November 2017. Finally, the last chapter draws some conclusions and mentions some upcoming evolutions of mobility that could give a strong contribution in achieving sustainability.
Keywords: Commuting, modal choice, rail, passenger transport
Issue Date: 2019
Language: eng
Doctoral course: Metodi e modelli per le decisioni economiche
Academic cycle: 31
Publisher: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Citation: Grechi, D.Sustainability in passenger transport: the relevance of punctuality in rail and modal choice in commuting (Doctoral Thesis, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, 2019).

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