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Evaluating a Mobility Service Application for Business Travel: Lessons Learnt from a Demonstration Project

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Department of Technology and Society, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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K2—The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, Bruksgatan 8, 222 36 Lund, Sweden
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Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute VTI, 581 95 Linköping, Sweden
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The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 783; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030783
Received: 19 December 2019 / Revised: 14 January 2020 / Accepted: 16 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
Business travel contributes to significant greenhouse gas emissions, and there is a need for measures that reduce the demand for trips made with energy-intensive means of transport. In this study, a mobility service application (MSA) introduced in 13 Swedish organisations was tested and evaluated to facilitate booking and handling of business trips, in particular public transport. A before and after study consisting of surveys and interviews with employees at the organisations were conducted. The results show that the MSA was mostly used for regional and local public transport trips, and the users stated that the MSA made it easier to travel by public transport, although this particular result should be seen as tentative due to the small sample size. Three factors that influence the success of a new MSA as a means to increase sustainable business trips were identified: management control and proactiveness; perceived improvement of intervention; functions and technical sufficiency. The results also highlight the need to establish organisational conditions that facilitate sustainable business travel, such as coherent travel policy, accessibility to sustainable modes of transport, and a culture that encourages environmentally friendly behaviour. The study suggests improvements that can be made to similar interventions and strategies that can be introduced to promote sustainable business travel. View Full-Text
Keywords: business travel; mobility service application; ITS; public transport; mobility management; before-after study business travel; mobility service application; ITS; public transport; mobility management; before-after study
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Andersson, A.; Winslott Hiselius, L.; Berg, J.; Forward, S.; Arnfalk, P. Evaluating a Mobility Service Application for Business Travel: Lessons Learnt from a Demonstration Project. Sustainability 2020, 12, 783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030783

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Andersson A, Winslott Hiselius L, Berg J, Forward S, Arnfalk P. Evaluating a Mobility Service Application for Business Travel: Lessons Learnt from a Demonstration Project. Sustainability. 2020; 12(3):783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030783

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Andersson, Alfred, Lena Winslott Hiselius, Jessica Berg, Sonja Forward, and Peter Arnfalk. 2020. "Evaluating a Mobility Service Application for Business Travel: Lessons Learnt from a Demonstration Project" Sustainability 12, no. 3: 783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030783

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