DO WE NEED "NEEDS"?

Studies to determine transport "needs" in forms of public transport could be largely irrelevant and an alternative approach to public transport is required. A new approach must be based on the provision of good accessibility to a wide range of activities, promote a more equitable distribution of incomes, minimise the contribution from public funds, improve incomes and working conditions of transport employees, promote road safety, improve the environment, conserve oil and promote land use objectives. These broad aims have been incorporated into an appraisal method known as busmodel, designed to run on a low-cost microcomputer. Standard bus company management information and market analysis type origin/destination data are utilised in the model. "Need" does not have to be defined because the policy maker decides what social cost/benefit ratio is required from a given public expenditure. Weights are given to the benefits to be given to different passenger groups such as the aged and schoolchildren. Busmodel is then used to derive the optimum combination of services, service levels, fares and subsidies for a given set of criteria. (TRRL)

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    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • BUCHANAN, M
    • LEWIS, K
  • Publication Date: 1980-11-13

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 8-10
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 155
    • Issue Number: 4614
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM