WAFAA SALEH, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
ATTIYAH M. AL-ATAWI, University of Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate departure time choices and impacts on travel decisions.
Methodology: In this context, this paper investigates departure time choice as a travel option which is affected by personal factors as well as system factors and influence the level of congestion of the transport system. The paper investigates the factors which affect the decisions of departure times in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using the household survey data. A number of statistical analysis techniques have been utilised in this research.
Findings: Departure time choice modelling is lacking behind in comparison with other travel choices. This research is investigating departure time and travel time flexibility in the city of Tabuk in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), where female travellers do not have access to car driving. A binary probit model has been calibrated. The results show that show that the female members of the family are more flexible in terms of departure and arrival times choices. This might be because female members of the family in KSA do not have access to driving private cars and it is only the male members of the family do drive.
Originality: Investigation of departure time choices are lacking behind in comparison with other travel choices, in particular in the KSA. This research is investigating departure time and travel time flexibility in the city of Tabuk in KSA.
Keywords: departure time choice; sustainable modes of travel; Saudi Arabia; Tabuk.