Travel Behaviour
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Travel Behaviour

Spatial Patterns, Congestion and Modelling

Edited by Eliahu Stern, IIan Salomon and Piet H.L. Bovy

Travel Behaviour is a challenging and original volume, adding to the growing literature focusing on understanding transportation systems. The book capitalises on actual scientific and applied developments in Europe, the importance of EC policies and the resultant trend in studying differences between North American and European research.
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Chapter 13: Effects of office relocations to public transport nodal points on passenger mobility

Bert Van Wee and Toon Van Der Hoorn


13. Effects of office relocations to public transport nodal points on passenger mobility Bert Van Wee and Toon Van Der Hoorn 1. INTRODUCTION1 Dutch location policy attempts to achieve labour-intensive employment (large number of employees per unit area) situated close to public transport nodal points. More than on existing employment locations, attention is focused on new situations. The consideration of firm relocation in this policy has been limited until now. In the Netherlands, however, about 6–8 per cent of firms move every year. In 1992 the absolute number of firms moving was 58 000, involving 180 000 employees (Pellenbarg, 1996). At least 70 per cent of all moves are over a short distance (within the same town or conurbation) (Van Steen and Van Der Velde, 1993). The question of employees’ reactions is therefore very relevant. Several years ago, the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) started a research programme to establish the possible effects on mobility of a large-scale relocation of existing office employment to sites easily accessed by public transport. Following literature surveys, empirical research was carried out. Employees of two relocated offices were surveyed. Models which describe employees’ reactions to office relocation (change of dwelling yes/no, change of job yes/no) have been estimated. These models have been applied in a scenario study to evaluate the effects of a large-scale office relocation for a period up to 2015 to sites easily accessed by public transport. Van Wee (1997) gives a...

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