This paper discusses the key aspects of a study which investigated the feasibility of expanding taxi services from their traditional demand- responsive role into providing a range of cost-effective low demand services. Itincluded a comprehensive literature review of innovative taxi market opportunities elsewhere in Australia and internationally. The long list of opportunities identified for evaluation included: (a) Subsidised services (community services, where taxis would supplement or replace community buses; services within an integrated public transport system, operating short haul, low demand services, typically at nights and weekends); (b) Commercial services (opportunities where the user pays for service, typically to shops, large employers, etc). The study showed that taxis could: (a) Provide community services to councils at a cost saving in the order of about 15% compared to community buses; (b) Provide low demand public transport services in lieu of large State Transport Authority buses, at a cost saving in the order of 65-70%. It was also found that provision of feasible commercial services would be difficult to establish and operate on a regular ongoing basis. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-51
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 6

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  • Accession Number: 00669814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM