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Resource Allocation for Sustainable Urban Transit from a Transport Diversity Perspective

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  • Cheng-Min Feng

    () (Institute of Traffic & Transportation, National Chiao Tung University / 4F, 118, Sec. 1, Chung-Hsiao W. Rd., Taipei 10044, Taiwan)

  • Cheng-Hsien Hsieh

    () (Institute of Traffic & Transportation, National Chiao Tung University / 4F, 118, Sec. 1, Chung-Hsiao W. Rd., Taipei 10044, Taiwan)

Abstract

Different transport stakeholders have different needs for transport infrastructure and services. Meeting the needs of all stakeholders implies a trade-off of benefits and costs between supply and demand and creates transport diversity issues. However, the literature has largely ignored these issues. Transport diversity can assess the level to which important needs are satisfied equitably, and monitor whether transportation systems are moving towards sustainability by confirming the targets and basic level of quality of life. Based on the concept of transport diversity, this study utilizes fuzzy multi-objective programming to solve non-linear multi-objective problems involving urban public transit systems to determine the impact of resource allocation on needs satisfaction in relation to stakeholder behaviors. The proposed approach avoids problems of inefficient and inequitable resource allocation. A real-life case is presented to demonstrate the feasibility of applying the proposed methodology. Furthermore, empirical outcomes show that recent investments allocated to public transit systems considered equitable stakeholder satisfaction for both mass rapid transit (MRT) and bus, and also promoted transport diversity in the Taipei metropolitan area.

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  • Cheng-Min Feng & Cheng-Hsien Hsieh, 2009. "Resource Allocation for Sustainable Urban Transit from a Transport Diversity Perspective," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(4), pages 1-18, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:960-977:d:6081
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    1. Joaquin De Cea & J. Enrique Fernandez & Louis De Grange, 2007. "Combined Models with Hierarchical Demand Choices: A Multi‚ÄźObjective Entropy Optimization Approach," Transport Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(4), pages 415-438, October.
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    Keywords

    sustainability; transport diversity; resource allocation; fuzzy multi-objective programming;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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