Keywords: work travel mode choice, high density residents, land use, psycho-social factors, work travel mode predictors, car dependence, public transport, sustainable transport policy, urban residential intensification, URI, intermodal transportation, sustainability, Australia, work journeys
The role of land use and psycho-social factors in high density residents' work travel mode choices: implications for sustainable transport policy
Imperatives to improve the sustainability of cities often hinge upon plans to increase urban residential density to facilitate greater reliance on sustainable forms of transport and minimise car use. However there is ongoing debate about whether high residential density land use in isolation results in sustainable transport outcomes. Findings from surveys with residents of inner-urban high density dwellings in Brisbane, Australia, suggest that solo car travel accounts for the greatest modal share of typical work journeys and attitudes toward dwelling and neighbourhood transport-related features, residential sorting factors and socio-demographics, alongside land use such as public transport availability, are significantly associated with work travel mode choice. We discuss the implications of our findings for transport policy and management including encouraging relatively sustainable intermodal forms of transport for work journeys.