Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China
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Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China

Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang

Since 1978, when China embarked on a new period of economic reforms and introduced open door policies, it has experienced a great urban transformation. The role of transport has proved indispensable in this unprecedented rapid urbanisation and economic growth. As the first research-focused book dedicated to this important topic, the Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China offers new insight into the various opportunities and challenges brought by fast-paced motorization and urban development, and explores them in broad spatial-economic, environmental, social, and institutional dimensions.
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Chapter 17: Public transport and private travel preferences: a comparative study between Chinese and Australian communities

Shaoli Wang, Carey Curtis and Jan Scheurer


In many respects Chinese and Australian urban planning and transport strategies follow the same path towards promoting public transport use at the expense of car driving. But the use of the private car occurs as an integral part of cultural and social life for individuals and families. Travel choice reasons are many and complex. The relationship between travellers’ travel attitude factors and revealed travel behavior is examined, drawing on a survey of residents from Kangjian, Shanghai and Bull Creek, Perth, These suburbs were selected on the basis of high public transport accessibility. A performance/importance rating measures the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of individual travellers. The extent to which improvements in service quality can be used to increase acceptance of public transport depends on the users’ perceptions of the quality of services. This suggests a policy for integrating a preference shaping process into public transport planning may be of benefit.

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