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High Speed Rail Competition in Italy. A Major Railway Reform with a “Win-Win Game”?

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  • Christian Desmaris

    () (LAET - Laboratoire Aménagement Économie Transports - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - ENTPE - École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, IEP Lyon - Sciences Po Lyon - Institut d'études politiques de Lyon - Université de Lyon)

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The European railway industry continues to undergo reform and liberalization due to European law incentives. Recent events in Italy give the country a special place in this process: a new competitor has commenced operations in the high-speed rail (HSR) market based on a private initiative. This paper aims to investigate this rail transport innovation looking for the driving forces and obstacles and to identify the main impacts for the Italian consumers. We also try to provide some interesting results helpful for other countries regarding passenger rail reforms. Based on the Italian case, it seems that open access competition in the HSR market is able to produce significant improvements in favour of passengers and also a ‘win-win' game between all railway actors.

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  • Christian Desmaris, 2016. "High Speed Rail Competition in Italy. A Major Railway Reform with a “Win-Win Game”?," Post-Print halshs-01370373, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01370373
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    1. Fabio Croccolo & Alessandro VIOLI, 2013. "New Entry in the Italian High-Speed Rail Market," International Transport Forum Discussion Papers 2013/29, OECD Publishing.
    2. Desmaris, Christian & Croccolo, Fabio, 2018. "The HSR competition in Italy: How are the regulatory design and practices concerned?," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 290-299.
    3. Estache, Antonio & Valletti, Tommaso, 1999. "The Theory of Access Pricing: an Overview for Infrastructure Regulators," CEPR Discussion Papers 2133, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Bergantino, Angela S. & Capozza, Claudia & Capurso, Mauro, 2015. "The impact of open access on intra- and inter-modal rail competition. A national level analysis in Italy," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 77-86.
    5. Bergantino, Angela S. & Capozza, Claudia & Capurso, Mauro, 2015. "The impact of open access on intra- and inter-modal rail competition. A national level analysis in Italy," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 77-86.
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    high-speed rail (HSR); Competition; Italy; Railway Reform; impacts for the Italian consumers;

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