MARGINAL COST PRICING OF SCHEDULED TRANSPORT SERVICES. A DEVELOPMENT AND GENERALISATION OF TURVEY AND MOHRING'S THEORY OF OPTIMAL BUS FARES

Turvey and Mohring's theory is that the optimal price for scheduled transport services consists of (1) producer marginal cost plus (2) the difference between user marginal cost and user average cost. In the present paper it is argued that the "medium run" is pricing-relevant. In the medium run item (2) is generally negative because of "vehicle number economies" in user costs. Given co-existing "vehicle size economies" in producer costs, it follows that optimal pricing yields a financial deficit. The size of the deficit depends on the relative importance of the user costs and sensitivity for service accessibility in time and space. (a) (TRRL)

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    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Jansson, J O
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

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  • French

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  • Accession Number: 00310572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1981 12:00AM