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A broader perspective on social outcomes in transport


  • Lowe, Chris
  • Stanley, John
  • Stanley, Janet


While the importance of including the interface between transport and the social environment has been acknowledged in the past few decades, application of this remains limited in transport policy and project evaluations. At present, consideration is largely given to impacts of the infrastructure construction and future operation on people living in the vicinity, without looking at social outcomes in terms of personal/societal wellbeing, nor the economic impact of the changes in these conditions. New research has added a further dimension to the social impact of transport, the value that may be added in rural communities. This relates to the leadership role adopted by some bus operators, and their willingness to support the good functioning and vibrancy of their local communities, with important social and economic outcomes that should be included in both CBA evaluations and taken into account in bus service contracts. The authors argue that it is important that these wider benefits are taken into account in transport evaluations, broadening the potential value to both encompass social and associated economic outcomes.

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  • Lowe, Chris & Stanley, John & Stanley, Janet, 2018. "A broader perspective on social outcomes in transport," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 482-488.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:retrec:v:69:y:2018:i:c:p:482-488
    DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2018.03.006

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    1. Mouter, Niek & Cabral, Manuel Ojeda & Dekker, Thijs & van Cranenburgh, Sander, 2019. "The value of travel time, noise pollution, recreation and biodiversity: A social choice valuation perspective," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(C).
    2. Tom Rye & Anders Wretstrand, 2019. "Swedish and Scottish National Transport Policy and Spend: A Social Equity Analysis," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(7), pages 1-16, March.

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    Public transport; Social outcomes; Social inclusion; Community prosperity; Bus operator; CBA; Community prosperity; Contracts;

    JEL classification:

    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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