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Flexible transport services: A new market opportunity for public transport

Corinne Mulley () and John D. Nelson

Research in Transportation Economics, 2009, vol. 25, issue 1, 39-45

Abstract: The term Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) has been increasingly applied in the last 10 years to a niche market that replaces or feeds (usually via small low floor buses or taxis) conventional transport where demand is low and often spread over a large area. More recently, the concept of DRT as a niche market has been broadened to include a wider range of flexible, demand-responsive transport services and is increasingly referred to as Flexible Transport Services (FTSs). The contention of this paper is that well-implemented FTS has the potential to revitalise bus-based public transport services which are traditionally based on fixed networks with variable geographical coverage and levels of service.

Keywords: Public; transport; policy; Rural; accessibility; Flexible; transport; services; Demand; responsive; services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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