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Special Issue "Sustainable Public Transportation in the Digitalization Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ari K. M. Tarigan

Department of Safety, Economics and Planning, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Postboks 8600 Forus, Norway
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Interests: Sustainable transport; transport engineering; transport safety; urban planning
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Trond Nordfjærn

Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Interests: Sustainable transport; transport safety; transport psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Encouraging and promoting public transport use, such as buses, metros, ferries, and trains, for both existing and potential users have been one of the crucial strategies carried out by policymakers, scholars, and private sectors in many countries, especially during the current digitalization era. Research has documented significant influences of sustainable public transport adoption on social, economic, and environmental improvements. Over the past few years, the utilisation of green energy and smart technology is even becoming an integrated part of public transportation services. In Europe, for instance, one of the objectives is to power public transportation modes using renewable energy sources. In some countries like Germany and Sweden, research institutions and car manufacturers have closely worked together to replace traditional buses with electric and biogas-fuelled buses. Policymakers have further implemented technological solutions aimed at eliminating fossil-fuelled vehicles from urban roads, replacing them with sustainable public transportation modes. In addition, new technologies such as automated driving and smart travel app-based platforms are gradually included in public transportation services worldwide, making a great sustainable impact on societies and improving users’ satisfaction with the services.

The core aim of this Special Issue is to illuminate factors associated with the adoption and use of green energy and digital technology-based public transportation services. This Special Issue will highlight the utilisation of green and automated public transportation modes as well as the creation of travel planning apps for supporting effective and efficient travels with public transportation services and how these aspects are linked to societal aspects.

We would like to cordially invite papers for consideration and possible publication in this Special Issue on the topic “Sustainable public transportation in the digitalization era”. We are targeting theoretical, methodological, empirical, and case study-based papers that address issues pertaining to the topic outlined above. The submitted papers may relate to travel behavior, behavioral adaptation, mobility, accessibility, and psychological factors and how these aspects connect to the utilization of green energy and digital technology-based public transportation services. We also encourage papers that specifically target issues related to vulnerable users and gender perspectives, such as whether and, if so, how sustainable and smart public transportation are supportive to low-income, young, elderly, and disabled individuals. Submissions focusing on the security and safety aspects of sustainable transport mode use are also encouraged. All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review procedure.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ari K. M. Tarigan
Prof. Dr. Trond Nordfjærn
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Sustainable public transport
  • Digitalization era
  • Green technology
  • Transport psychology
  • Travel behavior
  • Mobility
  • Accessibility
  • Safety and security
  • Vulnerable users

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Open AccessArticle Potentials of Context-Aware Travel Support during Unplanned Public Transport Disturbances
Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1649; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061649
Received: 19 February 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
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Travel support for public transport today usually takes no or little account of the traveler’s personal needs and current context. Thereby, travelers are often suggested irrelevant travel plans, which may force them to search for information from other sources. In particular, this is [...] Read more.
Travel support for public transport today usually takes no or little account of the traveler’s personal needs and current context. Thereby, travelers are often suggested irrelevant travel plans, which may force them to search for information from other sources. In particular, this is a problem during unplanned disturbances. By incorporating the traveler’s context information into the travel support, travelers could be provided with individually tailored information. This would especially benefit travelers who find it more difficult than others to navigate the public transport system. Furthermore, it might raise the accessibility and general attractiveness of public transport. This paper contributes with an understanding of how information about the traveler’s context can enhance the support provided by travel planners, in the case of disturbances in public transport. In particular, the paper includes a high-level analysis of how and in which situations context information can be useful. The analysis shows how information about the traveler’s context can improve travel planners, as well as highlights some risks in relation to some identified scenarios. Several technologies for retrieving information about the physical context of the traveler are also identified. The study is based on a literature review, a workshop, and interviews with domain experts. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Segmentation, Classification, and Determinants of In-Store Shopping Activity and Travel Behaviour in the Digitalisation Era: The Context of a Developing Country
Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1591; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061591
Received: 25 February 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2019 / Accepted: 11 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
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The influence of digital technologies in the current era has substantially affected the way individuals engage with in-store shopping activities and travels. To prepare a transport policy with sustainable orientations, it is important to investigate factors that determine in-store activity-travel patterns. In particular, [...] Read more.
The influence of digital technologies in the current era has substantially affected the way individuals engage with in-store shopping activities and travels. To prepare a transport policy with sustainable orientations, it is important to investigate factors that determine in-store activity-travel patterns. In particular, knowledge about how in-store activities and travels interact with other forms of activities and travels should be updated, since the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) may be substantial to create new patterns of activity and travel. It is believed that shopping travel and activity behaviours may indicate the increase or decrease of physical travels, which is crucial for carbon emission measures in transportation sector. While numerous studies about this issue have been recently carried out based on the context of developed countries, little is known for the context of developing countries. To offer a better understanding of the nature of in-store shopping travels and activities in the digitalisation era, a household survey was conducted in Bandung, Indonesia. This survey tends to acquire data from respondents as a representation of developing countries on their shopping behaviour, travel characteristics, and spatial attributes that represent the conditions of their built environment. The results from the survey show that individuals in a developing country are still having interest in in-store grocery shopping even though their daily life has a close connection with digital life. The results of the analysis show that grocery shoppers in a developing country simultaneously consider shopping activity, other activities, modes of transport, and shopping expenses. This manifests in the form of trip-chaining activities and affects decisions on the modes of transport used. The results indicate a significant portion of trip frequency for in-store shopping travel with motorised modes. Since motorised modes are the main contribution for carbon emission production in transportation sector, the results of this study are critical for developing transport demand measures and setting relevant policy schemes to improve the sustainability of transportation system, especially for the context of developing countries. Full article
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Open AccessReview Flexible Mobility On-Demand: An Environmental Scan
Sustainability 2019, 11(5), 1262; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11051262
Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2019 / Accepted: 22 February 2019 / Published: 27 February 2019
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On-demand shared mobility is increasingly being promoted as an influential strategy to address urban transport challenges in large and fast-growing cities. The appeal of this form of transport is largely attributed to its convenience, ease of use, and affordability made possible through digital [...] Read more.
On-demand shared mobility is increasingly being promoted as an influential strategy to address urban transport challenges in large and fast-growing cities. The appeal of this form of transport is largely attributed to its convenience, ease of use, and affordability made possible through digital platforms and innovations. The convergence of the shared economy with a number of established and emerging technologies—such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Cloud and Fog computing—is helping to expedite their deployment as a new form of public transport. Recently, this has manifested itself in the form of Flexible Mobility on Demand (FMoD) solutions, aimed at meeting personal travel demands through flexible routing and scheduling. Increasingly, these shared mobility solutions are blurring the boundaries with existing forms of public transport, particularly bus operations. This paper presents an environmental scan and analysis of the technological, social, and economic impacts surrounding disruptive technology-driven shared mobility trends. Specifically, the paper includes an examination of current and anticipated external factors that are of direct relevance to collaborative and low carbon mobility. The paper also outlines how these trends are likely to influence the mobility industries now and into the future. The paper collates information from a wide body of literature and reports on findings from actual ‘use cases’ that exist today which have used these disruptive mobility solutions to deliver substantial benefits to travellers around the world. Finally, the paper provides stakeholders with insight into identifying and responding to the likely needs and impacts of FMoD and informs their policy and strategy positions on the implementation of smart mobility systems in their cities and jurisdictions. Full article
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