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What is a modal split?

June 1, 2024
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Modal split also referred to as modal share, refers to the distribution of travel demand across different modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, public transit, or driving. The term refers to the percentage of different modes of transportation and consists of share of trips and share of passenger kilometers.

The transportation modes vary across different regions, leading to a division between rural and urban areas. Modal split analysis can reveal a shift towards more sustainable mobility patterns, by indicating a changing landscape in transportation choices.

By examining the distribution of trips across different modes, the need for infrastructure changes can be anticipated. It is essential for transportation planners in order to identify the transportation needs to design transportation systems that are efficient and safe.

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