IMPACT OF FARE CHANGE ON RAILROAD COMMUTER RIDERSHIP

THIS PAPER SUMMARIZES THE EXPERIENCE GAINED BY THE SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY IN DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED DURING THE PAST 7 YEARS. IT ALSO COVERS VARIOUS PROGRAMS DEVELOPED BY DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN THE SEPTA AREA. THE PAPER DESCRIBES THE PHILADELPHIA AREA SYSTEM OF THE RAIL COMMUTER, SUBURBAN AND LONG-HAUL PASSENGER SERVICE, AND DEFINES THE DELINEATION OF THIS SERVICE AS BETWEEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE AND ENTIRELY PRIVATE SYSTEMS. A DESCRIPTION OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PRICING POLICIES ADOPTED ON THE SYSTEM IS FOLLOWED BY A DESCRIPTION OF THE RESULTS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRICING POLICIES THAT HAVE EVOLVED FROM THE OBJECTIVES. A DISCUSSION OF THE IMPACT OF FLEXIBLE FARE SCHEDULES ON VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF THE TRANSPORTATION MARKET IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA INCLUDES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRAVELER AND THE DESCRIPTION OF THE TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. A RECAP OF THE RESULTS OF THE OPERATIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM CONDUCTED BETWEEN 1960 AND 1967 IN THE SEPTA AREA COVERS THE EFFECT OF VARIOUS FARE CHANGES ON RIDERSHIP LEVELS IN DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THE PHILADELPHIA TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. THE FINAL SECTION OF THE PAPER DRAWS CONCLUSIONS FROM THE RESULTS OF THESE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS. IT THEN RELATES THESE CONCLUSIONS TO PROGRAM PROJECTIONS FOR THE PHILADELPHIA TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WITH ESTIMATES OF RIDERSHIP POTENTIAL, FARE POTENTIAL, AND THE IMPACT OF THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE ON THE PHILADELPHIA REGION. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 35-41
  • Monograph Title: Passenger transportation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM