Public Transit Riders’ Preferences: Evidence from Smart Card Transactions in Singapore

38 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2017 Last revised: 9 May 2018

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Sumit Agarwal

National University of Singapore

Mi Diao

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate

Jussi Keppo

National University of Singapore - NUS Business School

Tien Foo Sing

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate

Date Written: May 8, 2018

Abstract

We use a high-frequency administrative dataset containing transaction records of millions of smart transit cards in Singapore to model the mode choice of public transit riders. The results show that travel cost affects senior citizens, students, and children, while travel time affects mostly adult commuters, and travel time reliability affects most work-related trips. Our results imply that understanding heterogeneity in preferences across individuals and their traveling purposes is important in analyzing policy actions. We offer several targeted policy recommendations.

Keywords: Travel time, reliability, transport mode, smart city, big data

JEL Classification: C23, D04, R41, R48

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Sumit and Diao, Mi and Keppo, Jussi and Sing, Tien Foo, Public Transit Riders’ Preferences: Evidence from Smart Card Transactions in Singapore (May 8, 2018). Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3036259. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3036259

Sumit Agarwal

National University of Singapore ( email )

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Mi Diao

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate ( email )

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
Singapore

Jussi Keppo (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore - NUS Business School ( email )

1 Business Link
Singapore, 117592
Singapore

Tien Foo Sing

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate ( email )

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
Singapore

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