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Weather and Travel Time of Public Transport Trips


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  • Muhammad Sabir

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Mark Koetse

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jos Van Ommeren

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Piet Rietveld

    (VU University Amsterdam)


In the present study we carry out an analysis of speed fluctuations as a determinant of the quality of public transport. We do this by focusing on a special cause of unreliability: variations in weather conditions. We use hourly measured weather conditions. The panel data results imply that snow has a substantial negative effect on the speed public transport. The associated welfare loss is 53 eurocent per commuting trip per person made by train and 76 eurocent per commuting trip per person made by bus, tram and metro. Rain strongly affects the speed of bus, tram and metro commuting trips on congested routes. The associated welfare loss is 1.15 euro per commuting trip per person.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 10-029/3.

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Date of creation: 10 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20100029

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