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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2015, Article ID 638972, 11 pages
Research Article

Evolution Game Model of Travel Mode Choice in Metropolitan

1School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
2School of Automobile and Traffic Engineering, Heilongjiang Institute of Technology, Harbin 150050, China
3Traffic College, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
4College of Information and Communication Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China

Received 11 May 2015; Accepted 16 July 2015

Academic Editor: Kamel Barkaoui

Copyright © 2015 Chaoqun Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The paper describes an evolution game model of travel mode choice to determine whether transportation policies would have the desired effect. The model is first expressed as a two-stage sequential game in the extensive form based on the similarity between evolution game theory and the travel mode choice process. Second, backward induction is used to solve for Nash equilibrium of the game based on the Folk Theorem. Third, the sensitivity analysis suggests that a payoff reduction of travel by any mode will result in a rising proportion of inhabitants travelling by that mode and falling proportions of inhabitants travelling by other modes. Finally, the model is applied to Beijing inhabitants’ travel mode choices during morning peak hours and draws the conclusion that the proportion of inhabitants travelling by rail would increase when traffic congestion is more severe. This confirms that fast construction of the urban rail transit would be an effective means of alleviating traffic congestion. The model may be a useful tool for policy makers for analyzing the complex influence of travel mode choice processes on transport policies and transport construction projects.