Season Tickets and the Demand for Public Transport

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    Abstract

    Season tickets generate two part tariffs or public transport clubs with zero marginal pecuniary cost of transport use for members. A simple model of the welfare gains from travel passes is tested using 26 years of data from four Swiss cities. Pooled and SUR estimates reveal large and robust season ticket effects on transport demand. Quality proxies also have significant effects although data on complementary traffic restraint measures are unavailable. Revenue growth trends were not permanently reduced by the introduction of cheap, transferable season tickets which are thus shown to be important components of urban transport policy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-238
    Number of pages20
    JournalKyklos
    Volume52
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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