Shifting Regulatory Frameworks for Public Transport in Developed and Developing Cities

Governments in developing and developed cities are addressing how to regulate shared transport services. Developed cities are grappling with the emergence of smartphone based ride calling services. Many developing cities are working to formalize their informal bus services to address the negative externalities of on-the-street competition. These changes can be better understood using a framework of publicness of transport along two axes- the level of state involvement and the collective use of vehicles. Online competition is added to the existing models of on-the- street, for the market, or public monopoly. Online competition solves some of the problems of on-the-street competition, but not the problem of congestion caused by too many small vehicles. The example of developing cities turning to Bus Rapid Transit to formalize their bus service suggests that dedicated space is a key role for the state. It is possible that transport services could bifurcate toward high capacity dedicated right of way service and low capacity service with competition online.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AP020 Standing Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies. Alternate title: Shifting Regulatory Framework for Public Transport in Developed and Developing Cities
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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  • Authors:
    • Paget-Seekins, Laurel
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  • Date: 2017


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 96th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01627877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 17-06608
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2017 1:54PM