Assessing Urban Transport Systems through the Lens of Individual Behavior: Shenzhen and Hong Kong

Published on: 2016-06-14

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Assessing Urban Transport Systems through the Lens of Individual Behavior: Shenzhen and Hong Kong


HKUST IEMS Working Paper No. 2016-34

Shengyuan ZHANG; Jimin ZHAO



This study aims to understand the existing urban passenger transport system in Hong and Shenzhen from the perspective of human travel behavior, examining closely what policy and individual factors influence individual travel behavior in the two cities. The research is based on comparisons drawn from household and individual travel surveys conducted in Shenzhen in 2014 and in Hong Kong in 2002 and 2011. Hong Kong operates a more efficient urban passenger transport system than Shenzhen in terms of prioritizing use of public transport and restricting the use of cars. However, due to lack of strong government leadership, Hong Kong lags behind Shenzhen in promoting EVs. Both cities have had little success promoting nonmotorized transportation because of the greater appeal of alternative transportation modes.



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