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Title: Investigating the contribution of Demand Responsive Transport to a sustainable local public transport system
Authors: Ryley, Tim
Stanley, Peter A.
Enoch, Marcus P.
Zanni, Alberto M.
Quddus, Mohammed A.
Keywords: Demand Responsive Transport
Public transport
Sustainability
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier / © The Authors
Citation: RYLEY, T. ... et al, 2014. Investigating the contribution of Demand Responsive Transport to a sustainable local public transport system. Research in Transportation Economics, 48, pp. 364-372.
Abstract: Various studies have advocated the potential for Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services to deliver sustainable local public transport. This paper investigates the sustainability credentials of DRT services using evidence from UK-based research. More specifically, six potential DRT market niches were identified, including those which offer potential commercial opportunities (e.g. airport surface access) and those that meet social needs (e.g. non-emergency hospital trips). Mode share of these DRT services, against car or bus travel, was simulated from mixed logit models within a panel data modelling framework estimated from survey data. The survey was conducted of over 400 respondents in urban (Rochdale, Manchester) and rural (Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire) areas.Experience shows that it is particularly difficult to make DRT services financially viable. Of the DRT services investigated, those targeting airline or train passengers offer potential. However, they are in direct competition with the car, and so their success depends on the cost and availability of parking spaces. Some of the DRT schemes explored meet social needs, such as to access shopping facilities or hospitals, but they face cost challenges. In addition, institutional barriers for new DRT schemes need to be overcome in order to develop a sustainable local public transport system.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Sponsor: The authors acknowledge the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) [grant number EP/I005455/1] for funding the research project ‘Developing Relevant Tools for Demand Responsive Transport: DRT for DRT’ (www.drtfordrt.org.uk).
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2014.09.064
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16482
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.retrec.2014.09.064
ISSN: 0739-8859
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