Transport Research

In the transport sector, RAND Europe provides expertise in understanding travel behaviour, policy analysis, foresight and future analysis, and new technology assessment to understand better the impacts of new technologies on travel.

Our evidence-based methods include literature review, qualitative interviews, expert elicitation methods (Delphi, workshops), quantitative surveys as well as economic and quantitative analysis. We also provide world-class expertise in developing travel demand models to predict future travel demand at urban, regional and national levels.

Featured Research

  • Improved connectivity would benefit China's BRI

    Trade routes developed as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aim to promote regional cooperation in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Improving multimodal transport infrastructure and connectivity in the BRI region would likely benefit all partners, and rail improvements would have the greatest impact.

Selected Research

  • More data needed on bus demand elasticities and diversion factors

    09 Jul 2018

    To plan and invest appropriately, policymakers need to understand the impact of price, journey time and other variables on bus passenger demand. More research and data are needed to help future policy efforts, according to a review of the evidence.

  • Would the EU Benefit from Common Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles?

    20 Apr 2018

    Researchers explored the potential impacts of AVs on European car manufacturers, the insurance industry, connected industries and markets, and those who provide public provision of services and supervise compliance.

  • Quantifying travellers’ willingness to pay for a tolled tunnel in central Copenhagen

    21 Mar 2018

    Stated choice experiments helped researchers quantify the willingness of car and van travellers to pay to use a proposed new tunnel to cross to and from Amager in central Copenhagen. The results from this study will inform the Danish Road Directorate's proposed new infrastructure.

  • Supporting Brazilian Regulation to Encourage Private Investment

    09 May 2017

    Regulatory frameworks enable a business environment that encourages private investment. Researchers prepared a roadmap for logistics infrastructure investments for the Brazilian Ministries of Planning and Finance.

  • Developing a New Transport Demand Model for the London Area

    08 May 2017

    As part of a larger project for TfL, RAND Europe is developing individual-level models capable of predicting levels of transport demand in response to a range of different policy options and in light of demographic changes.

  • Understanding the Demand for Rail Travel in the UK

    27 Apr 2017

    An analysis of the National Travel Survey allowed researchers to quantify the impact of external socio-economic factors on rail demand. Application of the improved models for forecasting purposes requires the collation of socio-economic and demographic forecast data at an appropriately granular level.

  • Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    24 Jun 2016

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. RAND Europe, in collaboration with Risk Solutions, explored how emerging technologies might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.

  • Developing a New National Transport Model for the UK

    15 Mar 2016

    At the request of the Department for Transport, RAND Europe and Atkins are updating the UK's national transport model using current datasets. The project team may also suggest further enhancements to improve the forecasting functionality and/or consistency of the model.