Public transport in towns: Inevitably on the decline?
2008 (English)In: Research in Transportation Economics, ISSN 0739-8859, Vol. 23, no 1, 65-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article the post war development of public transport demand in the town of Linköping is explained using time series analysis. It is found that the dramatic increase in public transport demand between 1946 and 1983, at least in part, can be explained by the rapid increase in female labour force participation and the expansion of the city’s outer areas. After that, female labour force participation decreased slightly and the town expansion has stopped. Without these positive forces to counterbalance the rising levels of car ownership public transport demand has fallen by 71%. The effects of a policy change, including peak-load pricing, straighter bus routes, smaller bus size and staggered school hours, is analysed. It is found that the proposed package would increase public transport travel by 42 % compared to present policy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 23, no 1, 65-74 p.
Public transport, Elasticity, Price, Service, Policy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15625DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2008.10.011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15625DiVA: diva2:126791