After reviewing transport studies in Germany and elsewhere, the author examines the demand for private transport by investigating the costs of journeys by private and by public transport, sounding the opinion of motorists to suggested reductions in fares by means of opinion surveys, and conducting empirical demand studies. A study is made of the relative importance of the price factor in determining demand. The annual costs of free public transport are estimated for a number of German towns together with the social rate of return on free transit. The author concludes that the possible diversion from private to public transport has been over estimated and the cost under estimated, and that the benefit derived from free transport may not go entirely to those in need of it.

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    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Baum, H J
  • Publication Date: 1973-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00260125
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 1981 12:00AM