Description

The bus is the most patronised of all land–based public passenger mode but is seen as a somewhat unglamorous means of supporting mobility and accessibility, in contrast to rail – heavy and light, yet offers so much to the travelling public as well as offering attractive sustainability opportunities. This book reflects the author’s perspective on issues of importance to the preservation and health of the bus sector. The twenty one chapters cover the themes of institutional reform, performance measurement and monitoring, service quality, costing and pricing of services including commercial and non-commercial contracts, travel choice and demand, integrated bus-based systems, and public transport policy, especially challenges in growing patronage.

Readership

Academics and researchers in city planning, transportation, economics, and the social sciences

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2: ORGANISATION AND OWNERSHIP OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES CHAPTER 3: USER NEEDS AND IMPACT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAPTER 4: CONTRACTING OPTIONS CHAPTER 5: CONTRACT AREAS AND SERVICE QUALITY ISSUES IN PUBLIC TRANSIT PROVISION: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE EUROPEAN AND AUSTRALIAN CONTEXT CHAPTER 6: PERFORMANCE-BASED QUALITY CONTRACTS IN BUS SERVICE PROVISION CHAPTER 7: PERFORMANCE-BASED QUALITY CONTRACTS FOR THE BUS SECTOR: DELIVERING SOCIAL AND COMMERCIAL VALUE FOR MONEY CHAPTER 8: DELIVERING VALUE FOR MONEY TO GOVERNMENT THROUGH EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE CONTINUITY: SOME THOUGHTS CHAPTER 9: MELBOURNE’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT FRANCHISING: LESSONS FOR PPPS CHAPTER 10: ESTABLISHING A FARE ELASTICITY REGIME FOR URBAN PASSENGER TRANSPORT CHAPTER 11: PRESERVING THE SYMMETRY OF ESTIMATED COMMUTER TRAVEL ELASTICITIES CHAPTER 12: TRESIS (TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY IMPACT SIMULATOR): A CASE STUDY CHAPTER 13: PRODUCTIVITY MEASUREMENT IN THE URBAN BUS SECTOR CHAPTER 14: A SERVICE QUALITY INDEX FOR AREA-WIDE CONTRACT PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT CHAPTER 15: DEVELOPING A SERVICE QUALITY INDEX (SQI) IN THE PROVISION OF COMMERCIAL BUS CONTRACTS CHAPTER 16: NON-COMMERCIAL CONTRACT REIMBURSEMENT: THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS) MODEL CHAPTER 17: A BUS-BASED TRANSITWAY OR LIGHT RAIL? CONTINUING THE SAGA ON CHOICE VERSUS BLIND COMMITMENT CHAPTER 18: THE FUTURE OF EXCLUSIVE BUSWAYS: THE BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE CHAPTER 19: THE IMBALANCE BETWEEN CAR AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT USE IN URBAN AUSTRALIA: WHY DOES IT EXIST? CHAPTER 20: URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT DELIVERY IN AUSTRALIA: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RETAINING AND GROWING PATRONAGE CHAPTER 21: URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT AGEN

Details

No. of pages:
538
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2007
Published:
Imprint:
JAI Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080469584
Print ISBN:
9780762314089

About the author

David Hensher

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Sydney, Australia

Reviews

The bus is the most patronised of all land–based public passenger mode but is seen as a somewhat unglamorous means of supporting mobility and accessibility, in contrast to rail – heavy and light, yet offers so much to the travelling public as well as offering attractive sustainability opportunities. This book reflects the author’s perspective on issues of importance to the preservation and health of the bus sector. The twenty one chapters cover the themes of institutional reform, performance measurement and monitoring, service quality, costing and pricing of services including commercial and non-commercial contracts, travel choice and demand, integrated bus-based systems, and public transport policy, especially challenges in growing patronage.