AN ECONOMIC COMPARISON OF URBAN RAILWAYS AND EXPRESS BUS SERVICES

THE AUTHOR COMPARES THE OPERATING COSTS ON EXISTING TRACK WITH NO OPPORTUNITY COST OF URBAN RAILWAYS AND EXPRESS BUS SERVICES. BASED ON DATA COLLECTED FROM SEVERAL COUNTRIES, THE CONCLUSION IS DRAWN THAT NEW URBAN RAILWAYS ARE SELDOM LIKELY TO BE ECONOMIC COMPARED WITH EXPRESS BUS SERVICES; THE LATTER, HAVING ABSOLUTE PRIORITY BUT ALLOWING OTHER TRAFFIC TO USE SPARE CAPACITY ON THE ROAD, APPEAR TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND CHEAPER. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT SOME EXISTING RAILWAYS MIGHT BE CONVERTED TO ROADS. /TRRL/

  • Authors:
    • Smith, E
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

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  • Accession Number: 00201096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM