Reestructuring, Regulation and Institutional Design: A Fitness Problem

This paper describes how the evolution of urban areas that has occurred over the past decades has changed the patterns of mobility from a radical concentric shape towards a typical interaction spread across peri-urban areas and very often ignoring the city center. This new pattern of interactions led the mobility services to extend beyond the administrative borders of the city and, consequently, the need to extend the scope of intervention of the mobility authority to all communities with a direct stake in the mobility system becomes more obvious. Despite the easy understanding of the rationale behind the functional enlargement of the scope of intervention for the urban mobility systems, the concrete definition of the specific territorial limits, or the respective financial autonomies of the organizing authorities are still a problem that is difficult to solve given the diversity of current legal, administrative and financial frameworks existing in Europe. Some attempts for harmonization of the concept exist, such as the one undertaken by Eurostat, which defined the urban and central areas for statistic purposes, but these attempts have no relation to mobility needs.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 129-153
  • Monograph Title: Competition and Ownership in Land Transport Passenger Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01051409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780080450957
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2007 1:10PM