Modelling the Impact of Residential Location Preference on Travel Mode Choice in Benin Metropolitan Region
Authors: Nkeki FN, Asikhia MO
A plethora of existing studies have dedicated much attention in exploring the influence of the physical neighbourhood covariates on travel mode choice without considering the impact that household preferences for residential location can exert on travel mode decision making process. Hence, this study was designed to examine residential location preference of commuters and its relationship with travel mode choice in Benin Metropolitan Region (BMR). A binomial logit model was computed to test the significance of the formulated hypothesis and estimate the influence of residential location preference on travel mode choice using 1836 households selected from the study area. The results generally showed that in BMR, the desire to choose between motorized mode of travel and non-motorized mode is significantly influenced by residential location preference. Specifically, the findings suggest that accessibility factors such as neighbourhoods found along high priority roads and those with good road network encourage dependence on motorized travel mode. Contrarily, those who prefer to reside close to their place of work may likely patronize non-motorized modes so as to cut down transport cost.
Affiliations: Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Keywords: Mode Choice, Binomial Logit Model, Travel Behaviour, Residential Location, Benin Metropolitan Region
Published date: 2019/06/30