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The Impact of Subsidised Low-Fare Public Transport on Travel Behaviour


  • A Hay

    (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, England)


In this paper, changes in travel behaviour in Sheffield-Rotherham (1972-1981) and Manchester-Salford (1976–1982) are compared with special reference to the effect of bus fare levels in real terms, which fell by about 70% in Sheffield-Rotherham but remained constant in Manchester-Salford. The analysis is directed to seven distinct household types, and overall changes in bus trip rates, estimated elasticities, effects on traffic congestion, city centre use, mobility of low mobility groups, and income redistribution are examined. The conclusion is made that although reducing real fares resulted in higher levels of bus patronage, evidence for the other beneficial effects was absent.

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  • A Hay, 1986. "The Impact of Subsidised Low-Fare Public Transport on Travel Behaviour," Environment and Planning C, , vol. 4(2), pages 233-246, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envirc:v:4:y:1986:i:2:p:233-246

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    1. de Grange, Louis & Troncoso, Rodrigo & González, Felipe, 2012. "An empirical evaluation of the impact of three urban transportation policies on transit use," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 11-19.

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