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Special Issue on New Frontiers in Accessibility Modelling: The Effect of Access Time on Modal Competition for Interurban Trips: The Case of the Madrid-Barcelona Corridor in Spain

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This paper analyses the effect of access and egress time to train stations and airports on modal competition in the Madrid-Barcelona corridor, (Spain), where a new high speed train started to operate in the year 2008. The analysis is based on the estimation of a Nested Logit model that uses a mixed revealed/stated preference data set that provides information on travellers’ behaviour in the available modes. We obtained the value of the different components of the travel time, as well as the willingness to pay for other service attributes. We then analysed demand response to different policies that consider variation in access time to train stations and airports and other attributes. The results highlight the important role that access time to terminals may play in terms of modal competition between rail and plane for interurban travel passengers.

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  1. Martín and Nombela (2007) analysed that, after the investments in HST in Spain, the interurban market shares for railways will rise from 8.9% in 2000 to 22.8% in 2010. They concluded that, in a 10-year period, the share of railways in total interurban transport demand in Spain could increase almost threefold.

  2. It is well known that accessibility measures usually encapsulate abstract concepts such as spatial interaction and utility. These constructs are usually more important than others such as location or proximity. However, in this paper, accessibility will only be addressed by the access times to terminals–airports and train stations, as a way to proxy this concept in our empirical paper. Of course, we are aware that other sophisticated measures could also be proposed. Reggiani (1998) presented a good summary of the measures and indicators that could be considered proxies to analyse accessibility.

  3. It is important to point out that the new HST will reduce the in-vehicle travel time for the train by approximately 50%.

  4. This variable was used in the specification of the model, as we will see below.

  5. Figures 1 and 2 show the difference in access time to train stations and airports for the transport mode which has been chosen by travellers, having in mind that the non-selected alternative (train or air) needs to be available.

  6. In fact, it is the conditional indirect utility obtained when we analyse the consumer problem in a context of discrete choice (McFadden 1981; Jara-Díaz 1998).

  7. This method is known in the literature as the Bradley and Daly nested logit trick.

  8. It was not included in the final model.


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Román, C., Martín, J.C. Special Issue on New Frontiers in Accessibility Modelling: The Effect of Access Time on Modal Competition for Interurban Trips: The Case of the Madrid-Barcelona Corridor in Spain. Netw Spat Econ 11, 661–675 (2011).

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