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Participation in online activities while travelling: an application of the MDCEV model in the context of rail travel

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Title: Participation in online activities while travelling: an application of the MDCEV model in the context of rail travel
Authors: Calastri, C
Pawlak, J
Batley, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Travel-based multitasking, i.e. using travel time to conduct enjoyable and/or productive activities, is the subject of an increasing number of theoretical and empirical studies. Most existing studies focus on modelling the choice of which activities people conduct while travelling, and a limited number of papers also focuses on their duration. The novelty of this study with respect to this literature is two-fold. Firstly, we specifically study the engagement in different online activities while travelling, and apply the state-of-the-art Multiple Discrete-Continuous Extreme Value (MDCEV) model to jointly model the choice and duration of multiple activities. We apply this model to data collected face-to-face from train passengers in the UK. We find that activity choice and duration is explained by both passenger and trip characteristics, especially trip purpose, ticket type and day/time of the trip. Secondly, we show how such modelling can assist in investment appraisal, in particular by providing insights into lower- and upper- bound estimates of the proportion of the entire travel time spent working, itself of importance in, for example, valuation of business travel time using the so-called Hensher Equation. We present a detailed discussion of how the findings from our work contribute to the broader discourse around the nature of travel time and its valuation.
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance: 7-Jan-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/86576
DOI: 10.1007/s11116-021-10166-8
ISSN: 0049-4488
Publisher: Springer
Start Page: 61
End Page: 87
Journal / Book Title: Transportation
Volume: 49
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2021. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Engineering, Civil
Transportation Science & Technology
Travel time
Travel-based multitasking
Time use
Value of travel time
Online work
Logistics & Transportation
0905 Civil Engineering
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
1507 Transportation and Freight Services
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2021-02-09
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

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