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Factors influencing prices and frequencies in the interurban bus market: Evidence from Europe

Xavier Fageda and Sergi Sansano

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2018, vol. 111, issue C, 266-276

Abstract: We analyze the determinants of prices and frequencies in the interurban bus services (IBS) market. Drawing on data collected from a sample of routes in six large European countries, we find that intramodal competition is based on frequencies while intermodal competition is based on prices. Furthermore, we provide evidence of the regressive nature of the IBS in Europe by showing that routes with low-income endpoints face higher prices. We also find significant price differences between countries, which can be attributed to differences in their respective regulatory systems.

Keywords: Interurban bus; Prices; Frequencies; Intramodal competition; Intermodal competition; Low-income users (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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