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The dark side of making transit irresistible: The example of France

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  • Dominique Bouf

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    (LET - Laboratoire d'économie des transports - CNRS : UMR5593 - Université Lumière - Lyon II - Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat)

  • David A. Hensher

    (ITLS - Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies - University of Sydney)

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    Abstract

    The French experience in developing policies to reduce car use in metropolitan areas is presented in this paper as an illustration of the lack of recognition of the broader set of criteria on which specific policy frameworks should be judged. One of the major challenges, and often failings of policies focussed on reducing car use, is the lack of a structure that ensures that the downside impacts are not relocated to other parts of a system such that potential gains end up being eroded by the potential losses. We draw on experiences throughout France, as well as case studies in Lyon, to highlight the dark side of French transport policy promoting a switch from car to public transit and non-motorised modes, in terms of financial, equity and environmental outcomes.[This paper is based on research undertaken during a sabbatical year (2005–2006) at ITLS Sydney.]

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    Date of creation: 2007
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    Publication status: Published, Transport Policy, 2007, 14, 6, pp. 523-532
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00266224

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    Keywords: French transport policy ; Modal share ; Charging ; Car dominance ; Challenges for public transport;

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    1. Charles Raux & Stéphanie Souche, 2004. "The Acceptability of Urban Road Pricing: A Theoretical Analysis Applied to Experience in Lyon," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and University of Bath, vol. 38(2), pages 191-215, May.
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    1. Marion Drut, 2013. "Vers un système de transport opérant selon les principes de l'économie de la fonctionnalité?," Working Papers hal-00996379, HAL.
    2. José Castillo-Manzano & Antonio Sánchez-Braza, 2013. "Managing a smart bicycle system when demand outstrips supply: the case of the university community in Seville," Transportation, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 459-477, February.

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