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Zero Value of Time Roundtable

In current transport appraisal practices, travel time is considered wasted time. Based on the view that unproductive travel time saved can be converted into productive use, business travel time is traditionally valued at labour costs. There is, however, increasing evidence that travel time is not always wasted.

People often report positive utilities due to activities that can be conducted whilst travelling, for example, checking work emails or carrying out leisure activities such as reading. The scope and type of non-travel activities are likely to increase with modern technologies, including the use of self-driving vehicles in the future. The Roundtable considers the utility and disutility of time spent travelling, whether and how they should be measured and captured in the valuation of travel time. The discussion covers theory, evidence and application issues, including modelling and forecasting, appraisal methods and transport and land use policy implications.

ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim opened the Roundtable meeting, which gathered over 35 transport policy practitioners, transport modellers, academics and behavioural scientists from 15 countries. 


Chair's Summary

Tom Worsley, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Automation and value of time for passenger transportation

Mogens Fosgerau, University of Copenhagen

Valuing mobility – the MotiV project

Giuseppe Lugano, University of Žilina

Influence of ICT on mode choice and public transport user behavior

Sungwon Lee, The Korea Transport Institute

Do changes in mobility practices affect value of travel time?

David Meunier, Université de Paris-Est

Worthwhile use of travel time and implications for modelling, appraisal and policy planning – the United Kingdom experience

Richard Batley and Thijs Dekker. University of Leeds and Iven Stead, UK Department for Transport

Productive use of travel time, values of time and reliability in The Netherlands

Gerard de Jong and Marco Kouwenhoven, Significance

Does conducting activities while traveling reduce the value of time? Evidence from a within-subject designed choice experiment

Eric Molin, Delft University of Technology