Developments in transit fare policy reform

Streeting, Mark and Charles, Phil (2006). Developments in transit fare policy reform. In: Australasian Transport Research Forum, 29th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Gold Coast, Queensland, (1-13). 27-29 September 2006.

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Author Streeting, Mark
Charles, Phil
Title of paper Developments in transit fare policy reform
Conference name 29th Australasian Transport Research Forum
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland
Conference dates 27-29 September 2006
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Transport Research Forum
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781877040566
Editor Australasian Transport Research Forum
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Abstract/Summary Transit providers around the world are progressively migrating from automatic fare collection systems to state-of-the-art contactless smartcard systems. The introduction of this new technology provides a unique opportunity for transit agencies to review fares and ticketing policy and leverage the full functionality of these new ticketing systems. Research being undertaken at the University of Queensland seeks to develop recommendations on potential fares and ticketing policy reform using contactless smartcard technologies. Recent experience indicates that introduction of many of the new ticketing systems have been technology- rather than policy-driven. The fare structure is basically a relationship between fare levels and distance travelled, including flat, distance based, time-based and zonal fare structures. Transit fares policy results from trade-offs between competing objectives, such as economic, social or political, but examples of actual policies are extremely hard to find. The availability of new smartcard technology provides the opportunity to provide a 'closed' fare collection system, without physical barriers, allowing more differentiated fare structures based on distance travelled. In addition, there are significant opportunities for integrated ticketing and product innovation.
Subjects 290803 Transport Engineering
Keyword Automatic fare collection
Contactless smartcard
Fares policy
Integrated ticketing
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference Proceedings Published on CD-ROM

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Created: Fri, 24 Nov 2006, 10:00:00 EST by Phil Charles on behalf of Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech