Staggered school hours to spread peak demand for public transport: benefits and costs

Staggered working-hours has been studied earlier in different places of the world in order to level out peak demand both on roads and in public transport. This study looks at public transport, and takes Linkoeping, a town in Sweden of 120 000 inhabitants in the built up area, as a case study. The public transport system in Linkoeping consists of buses on different lines transporting 7 million passengers each year. A large share of bus-passengers in peak hours in Linkoeping consists of pupils on their way to and from school. According to statistics from the municipality of Linkoeping, 13 per cent of all passengers on the regular bus lines in 2006, were passengers travelling with a school-card, and during peak hours as many as 20 per cent. Staggered school hours would reduce demand in the most busy peak period, and save costs, or leave space for other peak passengers. This should improve public transport performance, and increase total demand or reduce total bus traffic costs. The purpose of this study is to investigate the possibility of changing the start and end of the school day in Linkoeping, and to consider the welfare consequences as well as the financial result of the change. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E215911.

  • Authors:
    • JANSSON, J O
  • Publication Date: 2007-8


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  • Accession Number: 01094860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 8:05AM