Modelling intercity route choice behaviour to explore road users' response to road pricing policy in Libya

Manssour A. Abdulsalam Bin Miskeen, Riza Atiq Abdullah O.K. Rahmat, Ahmed Mohamed Alhodairi

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Libya is one of the developing countries that faces increasing mobility in transportation. Increased traffic congestion and road accidents on intercity highways, along with the resulting heavy death toll and economic cost, are the negative effects of increasing mobility The time is ripe for a policy that will improve intercity highways. One possible solution to the problem is including road pricing policy in transportation policies. However, the government is concerned about this road pricing policy. Therefore, this research aims to contribute more details by investigating drivers' behavior on intercity route choices to better understand and explore driver responsiveness and attitudes toward road pricing. In addition, this study aims to determine the suitability of the proposed toll charges and to encourage use of the proposed coastal highways to reduce intercity road congestion, improve road safety, and hence prevent road accidents in Libya. This paper adopts a discrete choice model to predict driver behavior on intercity route choices and to determine attitudes toward road pricing based on stated preference data. Data collection was conducted through stated preference surveys handed out to intercity travelers in the major coastal cities in Libya. A binary choice logit model was developed, and the value of time for the road users was investigated using the model's estimation results. The results show that drivers do not prefer the new toll highway for long-distance travel. They also prefer the existing roads for short-distance travel. Drivers who travel every day or once a week do not prefer the new toll highway. Drivers who take trips for work-related purposes prefer the new toll highway, whereas those who take trips for social purposes prefer the existing coastal roads. All income groups exhibit a positive attitude toward the new toll highway. This study intends to help the Libyan government in its effort to promote economic growth and development of the road transport infrastructure with the target of implementing a National Road Network. This research can also serve as a guide to assist decision makers at all levels to wisely allocate resources for improving road transport infrastructure and reducing the rate of accidents on intercity highways. This study, which is the first of its type in Libya, investigates and explores drivers' response to road pricing policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-439
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Binary logit model
  • Intercity driver's behavior
  • Road pricing analysis
  • Road transport infrastructure
  • Route choice behavior
  • Toll road
  • Transport policy

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Modelling intercity route choice behaviour to explore road users' response to road pricing policy in Libya. / Abdulsalam Bin Miskeen, Manssour A.; O.K. Rahmat, Riza Atiq Abdullah; Alhodairi, Ahmed Mohamed.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 9, 09.2012, p. 431-439.

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