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Barriers to implementing flexible transport services: An international comparison of the experiences in Australia, Europe and USA
World Transit Research
  • Corinne Mulley
  • John Nelson
  • Roger Teal
  • Steve Wright
  • Rhonda Daniels
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Keywords
  • International experience,
  • Flexible transport services,
  • Barriers to implementation
Abstract
Flexible transport services (FTS) are an emerging term in passenger transport which covers a range of mobility offers where services are flexible in one or more of the dimensions of route, vehicle allocation, vehicle operator, type of payment and passenger category. Research in New South Wales (NSW), Australia identified a number of barriers to the implementation of FTS and this paper explores the extent to which these barriers have been encountered and tackled in the USA and Europe where flexible transport services have been used increasingly as part of the public transport mix in areas where demand is too low to support conventional public transport. Barriers include institutional frameworks such as policy and regulation; economic issues of funding and fares; operational issues of fleet and vehicles; as well as operator and community attitudes; and information and education. The paper makes recommendations to enable and encourage greater use of flexible transport services by transport service planners and providers through the sharing of best practice and information on overcoming barriers to implementation.
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Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.
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Research in Transportation Business & Management

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22105395

Citation Information
Mulley, C., Nelson, J.D., Teal, R., & Daniels, R. (2011). Barriers to implementing flexible transport services: An international comparison of the experiences in Australia, Europe and USA. Research in Transportation Business & Management, In Press, Corrected Proof.