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Local transport subsidies and affordable fares: international comparisons

Potter, Stephen and Enoch, Marcus (2001). Local transport subsidies and affordable fares: international comparisons. In: Greyling, Anthony ed. Any more fares?: Delivering better bus services. London: Institute of Public Policy Research, pp. 77–91.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the relationship between institutional arrangements for financing buses and the policy goals that bus services are expected to address in France, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States. There is a particular focus on the aims behind public transport development, what this means for fare levels, and how any necessary subsidies are funded. There is a common theme that, to be effective, transport and environmental policies require affordable fares; yet this is in conflict with fiscal policies seeking to reduce public spending. International best practice shows that there are ways to reconcile this conflict, and these experiences need to be understood for affordable fares to become part transport policy in the UK and elsewhere.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-86030-134-7, 978-1-86030-134-6
Keywords: Transport Policy;Environmental policy; Bus fare subsidies; Public Transport finance;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 4831
Depositing User: Stephen Potter
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4831
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