SECTION II: SPECIFIC ECONOMIC FEATURES OF RAILWAY PASSENGER SERVICES IN LARGE CONURBATIONS SITUATION IN THE PARIS REGION

In order to be able to make the correct choice between the various solutions available to the problems posed by daily commuter traffic in large conurbations, it is necessary that compaisons be made by means of the cost benefit technique. This requires detailed analysis, backed by statistical information where possible, of the advantages and disadvantages of each solution. The use of this method, is nevertheless frequent and instances may be quoted of its application in the field of suburban transport. All studies show that beyond a certain number of daily journeys on a given route, it is more economical to use public transport than private transport. Certain measures are, however, necessary to enable priority in favor of public transport: statutory or fiscal measures must be taken to limit the use of the motor car in some areas; public transportation undertakings will benefit from a "normalization" process which will enable them to balance their receipts and expenditures; the infrastructure and rolling stock investment should be the total or partial responsibility of the community to the extent that public transport users are not the only beneficiaries of such investments. The application of these principles to the case of suburban services operated by railway administrations is discussed, as is also, the coordination of serveral undertakings in a conurbation. In a discussion of the economy of rail passenger transport in the Paris region, the basic features of commuter traffic are summarized, the organization of public transport in Paris is described, and consideration is given to the economic problems facing passenger transport. suburban transport undertaking. The transportation networks in the suburban areas of provincial towns of France are briefly reviewed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • IRCA/UIC ENLARGED MEETING OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE IRCA, Lausanne, 3-9 June, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Fioc, A
  • Publication Date: 1973-4

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 467-479
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  • Accession Number: 00263163
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1981 12:00AM