Since the 2003-2004 academic year, a part of the student population from higher institutions in Brussels can apply for a refunded annual season card to urban public transport. The measure was introduced by the Flemish Community for students from Flemish-speaking colleges and universities. This creates a situation where, given the same urban environment and public transport supply, the mobility behaviour of the students who benefit from the measure can be compared to that of students studying at French-speaking colleges and universities, who do not have this benefit. This natural laboratory was exploited to investigate the impact of 'free' public transport on travel behaviour of students in Brussels. A combination of an economic, spatial and sociological analysis was used to provide insight in the travel behaviour of the students and to explain the differences in their travel behavioural choices.
Effective start/end date11/12/0331/12/05

    Research areas

  • public transport, economics, socio-economic evaluation

    Flemish discipline codes

  • Other social sciences
  • Economics and business

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