Modelling the geographic component of mass transit subsidies


D C. Hodge

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

economics - subsidy, mode - mass transit


subsidies, mass transit, urban


A framework is developed for evaluating the distributive effects of mass transit subsidies that explicitly considers the inherent spatial interdependencies of a transit system, particularly with regard to the nature of cities, and the politically and legally 'fair' distribution of scarce public resources. The methodology is demonstrated by means of a simulated urban mass transit system, and a review is presented of previous models and approaches to the question of subsidies at all levels of scale.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Environment and Planning, copyright remains with them.