Title

BUS SERVICE OPTIMIZATION AND CAR PRICING POLICIES TO SAVE FUEL IN URBAN AREAS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

policy - fares, economics - pricing, place - urban, mode - bus, mode - car

Keywords

Urban areas, Pricing, Intracity bus transportation, Fuel conservation, Fares, Equilibrium models, Bus transit, Bus services

Abstract

The effectivness of optimal bus policy for dealing with fuel consumption in urban areas under different hypotheses of car pricing is investigated. The transport system of autos and buses is modelled as set of modes in equilibrium where bus service is provided with the objective of maximizing fuel savings over the whole of the road network and where car pricing is exogenously imposed by local authority. Results of a case study show that policies based on frequency, fare, and bus size along have negligible effectiveness unless they are supported by car pricing measures. Also, the strong sensitivity of optimal bus operating parameters with respect to the time-to-fare elasticity ratio of demand is highlighted.

Comments

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