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Spanish Local and Regional Public Transport


  • Pablo Martín URBANO

    () (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

  • Aurora RUIZ RÙA

    () (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)


    () (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)


    () (Consell Insular d´Eivissa, Spain)


This paper carries out a systematic analysis of the components of the Spanish urban and metropolitan public transportation system, taking into account different representative urban areas. It aims at providing an overall image and, with this purpose, it sets the roles played by the various components in the general structure. First, it is detailed the current legal framework, according to the state, regional and local competencies. Then, it analyzes the main regulatory instruments, the prevailing organizational forms and the most significant data related to the demand and supply of the urban public transportation services. The paper continues with the characterization of the funding resources, mainly resulting from general public budgets. Finally it analyzes the quality of the system, not only from an operational point of view, but also from and environmental perspective.

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  • Pablo Martín URBANO & Aurora RUIZ RÙA & Juan Ignacio SÁNCHEZ GUTIÉRREZ & Georgina ANDREU LOSANTOS, 2010. "Spanish Local and Regional Public Transport," CIRIEC Working Papers 1002, CIRIEC - Université de Liège.
  • Handle: RePEc:crc:wpaper:1002

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    Cited by:

    1. Andrea ZATTI, 2012. "New Organizational Models In European Local Public Transport: From Myth To Reality," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 83(4), pages 533-559, December.

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    public transport systems; transportation and utilities; Government Policy and Regulation; public funding; efficiency; sustainability; quality.;

    JEL classification:

    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • J52 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation
    • L91 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Transportation: General
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies


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