While social justice is typically put forward as a key justification for public transport, the work of a number of scholars would lead us to conclude that existing public transport is socially unjust - that public transport results in a net transfer of wealth from the worse- off to the better-off. This is because social justice as an objective has to be pursued in the context of other objectives. Because social justice is a difficult concept to measure (compared with simple determinants of success such as overall patronage levels), social justice takes a back seat. These arguments can be criticised as flawed in terms of their conceptual underpinnings and the methodology used to measure social justice outcomes. Nevertheless, they do challenge public transport planners to clarify their social justice goals and to investigate ways in which these goals can be pursued in the delivery of public transport. This paper reviews the arguments concerning social justice and the provision of public transport and, by presenting information on the actual travel needs of differing sectors of the population, suggests ways in which social justice objectives can be pursued in the context of environmental, financial and economic goals. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861490.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 133-48

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  • Accession Number: 00674942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7325-0660-3
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1995 12:00AM