DOES SHORT DISTANCE PASSENGER TRAFFIC REALLY ALWAYS HAVE TO BE LOSS-MAKING?
IST SCHIENENPERSONENNAHVERKEHR EIGENTLICH NUR DEFIZITAER ZU BETREIBEN?
Eighty-nine percent of one thousand million passengers on the DB travelled on short distance services and 550 million passengers travelled at reduced fares. The percentage by which expenditure is covered has risen to 104% for long distance traffic but only 27% for short distance traffic. The cost per passenger-kilometer for short distance passenger traffic corresponds to 270% of long distance passenger traffic. Because of the nature of short distance rail traffic demand, all major short distance traffic undertakings are loss-making. Reductions in expenditure by cutting reserve capacity for peak periods would be very small and increases in the average transport price to cover costs are impossible. It is essential, however, that graduated price increases should be envisaged especially for season tickets. All steps taken will help cut down the deficit but will never remove it entirely.
Hestra VerlagHolzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
6100 Darmstadt 1, Germany
- Stertkamp, W
- Publication Date: 1974-9
- Pagination: p. 553-556
- DIE BUNDESBAHN
- Volume: 50
- Issue Number: 9
- TRT Terms: Analysis; Branch lines; Commuter service; Costs; Fares; Passenger service; Pricing; Profitability
- Identifier Terms: Deutsche Bahn; Deutsche Bundesbahn
- Uncontrolled Terms: Cost analysis
- Subject Areas: Finance; Operations and Traffic Management; Passenger Transportation; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00095391
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Railway Documentation, Selection of
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM