Title

A MODEL OF URBAN TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

Authors

P Ferrari

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

operations - capacity, operations - traffic, economics - pricing, organisation - management, place - urban

Keywords

Value pricing (Road pricing), Urban highways, Urban areas, Traffic flow, Traffic capacity, Road pricing, Multimodal transportation, Multimodal systems, Italy, Highway capacity

Abstract

This paper shows a scheme of urban transport management aimed at solving the externalities due to road traffic. In this scheme both private and public transport modes are managed by a planning authority having control of some decision variables: road pricing, transit ticket prices, and the service characteristics of transit. A mathematical model of this management scheme is presented, and it is applied to the bimodal network of an Italian town, in order to show the effects that the management policy, and in particular the constraints imposed on the transport system, have on urban transport cost. Among other things the results obtained show, in accordance with the opinion of other authors, that the market of urban public transport is a niche market, whose properties, along with the characteristics of transit systems, are essentially determined by the physical and environmental capacity constraints of the road transport system.

Comments

Transportation Research Part B Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01912615