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A commuting satisfaction study using the Uni 2015 travel survey data

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Publié le mardi, 18 avril 2017

Researchers from Luxembourg and Leuven Universities have recently published a paper entitled “On the consistency between commuting satisfaction and traveling utility: the case of the University of Luxembourg”. Based on the 2015 University staff travel survey (500 respondents), they analysed the correlation between travelling utility (an economic indicator) and stated commuting satisfaction. 

With the creation of the new campus in Belval in 2015, the commuting of Luxembourg University staff members has, on average, increased by 18%. To facilitate transport from home to work and between campus sites, the University has developed different services such as a carpooling platform, a shuttle service between campuses and a car-sharing system.

Thus, the aim of the study led by François Sprumont, Francesco Viti from the Research Unit in Engineering Sciences (RUES) at the University of Luxembourg and Paola Astegiano from the University of Leuven was, simply said, to better understand the commuting satisfaction determinants.

This study relies on the data provided by the 2015 Uni staff travel survey where 34% of the staff members participated. The below graphs shows the commuting satisfaction variation with regard to the selected modes, commuting distance classes, work position and workplace location.

François Sprumont comments the results: “Our data, similarly to the reported scientific literature, shows higher levels of satisfaction for soft mode use. Indeed, 100% of the walkers or cyclists are satisfied or very satisfied. Similarly, the satisfaction is higher for public transport rather than for car. Commuting satisfaction levels also seem to be negatively correlated with home-to-work distance. The work position also affects the satisfaction: income level seems to be positively correlated with higher satisfaction levels. Because the various campuses all present different car and public transport accessibilities, different satisfaction levels would have been expected but no big difference is observed.”

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