The paper describes an analysis of the interrelationships between the two competitive services. Sherut taxis are shared-ride taxis operating on fixed routes corresponding to the major bus routes with fares of nearly 50 per cent more than those of the scheduled buses. The effectiveness of the Sherut services has been estimated by considering the value of critical factors should the service be discontinued. It is assumed that bus companies increase their travel frequencies to monitor a fixed level of service. The effect of the competition was found to depend upon the precise route configuration. Sheruts appear to contribute little to interurban routes, but provide a premium service on urban and metropolitan routes where they have a marked effect on the encouragement of the use of public transport rather than the private car. Their operation also reduces the amount of subsidy required for public transport. It appears that their major role, even in a regulated market is to maintain competition and their use should be encouraged.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Salomon, I
    • Silman, L
  • Publication Date: 1985-6

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  • Accession Number: 00452623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 181
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:59PM