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Intermodal competition on some routes in transportation networks: The case of inter urban buses and railways

Marc Bataille and Alexander Steinmetz

No 84, DICE Discussion Papers from University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the effect of inter urban buses competing on a few routes against trains within an established railway network. In line with expectations, we show that this can lead to unprofitable train service on these routes. However, within an established railway network with every track being profitable, competition on just some tracks can result in a collapse of the entire network. External effects of individual routes on the railway network are fundamental for the profitability of the network. Hence, weakening these network effects might be crucial. As a result, efficient intermodal competition on some routes might cause the abandoning of other routes that are not facing any competition. This effect has to be taken into account by political actors when liberalization of inter urban bus travel is considered.

Keywords: Transportation; intermodal competition; network effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K2 L1 L5 R4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-hme, nep-law, nep-net, nep-reg, nep-tre and nep-ure
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