Mode choice in access and egress stages of high-speed railway travelers in China


  • Haoran Yang Utrecht University
  • Martin Dijst Utrecht University and Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research
  • Jianxi Feng Nanjing University
  • Dick Ettema Utrecht University



Access/egress stages, high-speed railway (HSR), China, mode choice


High-speed railway (HSR) has become a sustainable transport mode for inter-city travel, especially in China. As public transport (PT), the use of HSR involves access and egress to and from HSR stations. However, the literature focusing on the intra-city mode choice of HSR travelers is limited, especially regarding their differential socio-demographic and trip characteristics. This paper aims to fill that gap with an analysis of access/egress mode choice for business and leisure journeys in the Yangzi River Delta region. Using the HSR survey from Fudan University, we found that in China older and wealthier travelers have a strong preference for car use. For leisure travel, the explanatory power of the socio-demographic variables is much more influential in the egress than the access stage. With increasing access time, business travelers may be enticed to shift to a faster form of PT (e.g., subway rather than bus) in the access stage. With increasing line-haul time, only business travelers have a stronger preference for car use as their intra-city mode choice for business activities. A higher number of subway lines and diversity of land use around HSR stations is associated with less car use for business travelers in the egress stage.


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How to Cite

Yang, H., Dijst, M., Feng, J., & Ettema, D. (2019). Mode choice in access and egress stages of high-speed railway travelers in China. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 12(1).