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Attitudes of Hong Kong residents to cars and public transport: some policy implications

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Abstract:

Hong Kong currently has low levels of car ownership and use due to a combination of good public transport, high population densities and high private transport costs. However, levels are rising, contributing to congestion and environmental problems. A major response by the government is to seek to increase rail's share of public transport journeys from its current level of 33% to 45% by 2016. After reviewing the transport situation in Hong Kong, the paper discusses the appropriateness of these targets as well as questioning whether they are achievable. The results of a questionnaire survey of 595 residents of Hong Kong, designed to elicit people's attitudes to cars and public transport, are analysed. It is concluded that unless the government does more to curb car ownership and use, rail targets will have little chance of being achieved.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01441640309900

Affiliations: Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong, 8/F Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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