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The success story of Spanish suburban railways: determinants of demand and policy implications


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  • Asensio, J.


Ridership of suburban railway services in Spain has experienced a 30% increase during the 1990s. This paper carries out the estimation of an aggregate demand function using panel data from eleven urban areas. Among other results, short- and long-run elasticities with respect to both prices and a quality measure are obtained. These results are used to discuss the policy alternatives that RENFE faces in order to increase its revenue in the future.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transport Policy.

Volume (Year): 7 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 295-302

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Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:7:y:2000:i:4:p:295-302

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  1. Georgina Santos & Thomas von Brunn, 2011. "Factors influencing modal split of commuting journeys in 34 medium-sized European cities," ERSA conference papers, European Regional Science Association ersa11p1019, European Regional Science Association.


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