The trends in patronage by the main modes of public transport over the past two decades are described, and quantitative explanations given, where possible, of the changes which have taken place in terms of the main service variables (frequency, accessibility, reliability), fare levels, and the socio-economic variables (income, car ownership, land-use etc.) which are mainly responsible for the background trends. The social consequences of these trends, particularly the fall in demand for bus travel and the question of subsidizing services for which the users themselves are not prepared to pay, are discussed. The results of various travel surveys are described in relation to the travel needs and desires of individuals and it appears that people's travel habits are conditioned by constraints on the total amount of time spent travelling, the number of trips per day, and the cost and effort involved in making them.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00321225
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM