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Workshop 6 Report: Delivering sustainable public transport


  • Stanley, John
  • Lucas, Karen


After a discussion of the meaning of ‘sustainable public transport’, this Workshop discussed issues of need, system design, institutional arrangements, environmental improvements and social aspects of service. Land use/transport integration was seen as critical for long term strategic direction setting for public transport, backed by sustainable financing/funding arrangements. These need to encompass such revenue sources as externality pricing, user pays, beneficiary pays, wider value capture, asset sales and other opportunities. Such matters are just some of the important examples of governance/institutional design considerations that underpin sustainable public transport, an area the workshop recognised as needing much greater future focus. Ways to grow public transport use, and improve service delivery efficiencies and performance, in both trunk and local markets were discussed, with a particular focus on flexible transport systems. Whether these services should target specific niche markets or pursue a wider customer base was an area of some disagreement requiring further research, in a low density developed country setting. The different roles played by flexible transport systems between developed and emerging countries were notable. The workshop developed a set of general principles intended to further promote sustainable public transport.

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  • Stanley, John & Lucas, Karen, 2014. "Workshop 6 Report: Delivering sustainable public transport," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 315-322.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:retrec:v:48:y:2014:i:c:p:315-322
    DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2014.09.058

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    1. World Commission on Environment and Development,, 1987. "Our Common Future," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780192820808.
    2. Stanley, John & Smith, Andrew, 2013. "Workshop 3A: Governance, contracting, ownership and competition issues in public transport: Looking up not down," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 167-174.
    3. Stanley, John & Longva, Frode, 2010. "Workshop report - A successful contractual setting," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 80-88.
    4. Gwilliam, Ken, 2008. "Bus transport: Is there a regulatory cycle?," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 42(9), pages 1183-1194, November.
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    1. Stanley, John & Levinson, David, 2016. "Workshop 3 report: Sustainable funding sources and related cost benefit measurements," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 143-150.
    2. Merkert, Rico & Bushell, James & Beck, Matthew J., 2020. "Collaboration as a service (CaaS) to fully integrate public transportation – Lessons from long distance travel to reimagine mobility as a service," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 267-282.
    3. Stanley, John & Ljungberg, Anders, 2018. "Workshop 5 report: Bridging the benefit / funding gap," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 438-444.
    4. Venter, Christo & Leong, Wai Yan, 2018. "Workshop 6 report: Wider impacts of public transport and successful implementation of desirable and beneficial projects," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 489-493.

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    Environmental performance; Flexible transport systems; Funding; Hybrid buses; Land use/transport integration; Public transport; Social inclusion; Sustainability;

    JEL classification:

    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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