Private long-distance travel mode selection 1980_2

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Mats-G. Engström - Nordic Institute for Studies in Urban and Regional Planning

Bengt Sahlberg - Nordic Institute for Studies in Urban and Regional Planning


The principal purpose of the study was to identify and describe the factors which effect the choice of means of transportation for a longer private journey. Long journey here refers to trips of more than 100 km (one way). Private journey is defined as all travel with the exception of business, work, educational and military service trips. Information was collected by means of a postal questionnaire and home interviews. The primary purpose of the questionnaire was to select respondents for the interview who had undertaken at least one long journey during a three-month period, and who also could choose their means of travel. The interview contained questions about the purpose of the journey, number of nights away, means of transport used and company travelled with. The respondent had to indicate if other means of transport were considered and the importance of costs and travelling time.


Describe the factors which effect the choice of means of transportation for a longer privat journey

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-75 years residing in Solna, Norrköping, Växjö, Halmstad, Östersund or Skellefteå

Time Method

Sampling procedure

In the first stage six intermediate sized municipalities, geographically distributed over Sweden, and with a good standard of the public transport system - Solna, Norrköping, Växjö, Halmstad, Östersund or Skellefteå - were chosen. From these six municipalities 5 124 persons aged 16-75 years were randomly selected from the register of the total population held at each County Administrative Board. These persons had to answer a short mail questionnaire including a question if they had undertaken any long journey during the last three month period. Half of the respondents replied that they had undertaken at least one long journey. Among these 100 persons in each municipality, mainly people who had responded that they at least to some extent had influenced their travel mode selection, were chosen for an interview.

Time period(s) investigated

1980-09 – 1980-09



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1980-09 – 1980-09
  • Data collector: IMU
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Geographic description: Solna, Norrköping, Växjö, Halmstad, Östersund and Skellefteå.

Administrative information
Topic and keywords

Research area

Transport and travel (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


Transportforskningsdelegationen (1982) Den resandes ensak? : Hur man väljer färdmedel vid långväga privata resor : teknisk rapport. 1982:1. Stockholm: TFD. (With an English summary). ISBN: 91-85562-49-1.
ISBN: 91-85562-49-1

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Version 1.1. 2012-10-26

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Version 1.0. 1983-12-01

Version 1.0: 1983-12-01


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Published: 2012-10-26
Last updated: 2020-02-13