The Future for Interurban Passenger Transport

Bringing Citizens Closer Together

Published on May 04, 2010

Also available in: French


Economic growth, trade and the concentration of population in large cities will intensify demand for interurban transport services. Concurrently, the need to manage environmental impacts effectively will increase. How successful we are in coping with demand will depend on our ability to innovate, to manage congestion, and to improve the quality of transport services. Technological and regulatory innovation will shape the future of transport.

These conference proceedings bring together ideas from leading transport researchers from around the world related to the future for interurban passenger transport..  A first set of papers investigates what drives demand for interurban passenger transport and infers how it may evolve in the future.  The remaining papers investigate transport policy issues that emerge as key challenges: when to invest in high-speed rail, how to regulate to ensure efficient operation, how to assign infrastructure to different types of users, and how to control transport’s environmental footprint by managing modal split and improving modal performance.


Summary of Discussions
Final Session
Keynote presentation1 chapter available
How Transport Costs Shape the Spatial Pattern of Economic Activity
Theme I: Trends and Developments in Interurban Travel Demand2 chapters available
The Prospects for Inter-Urban Travel Demand
International Air Passenger Transport in the Future
Theme II: Adapting the Intermodal Network to the Passenger Market: Long-term Planning and Assessment3 chapters available
When to Invest in High-Speed Rail Links and Networks ?
The High-Speed Inter-City Transport System in Japan
Interurban Passenger Transport
Theme III: Competition and Regulation of Interurban Travel: Towards New Regulatory Frameworks?5 chapters available
Competition or Co-Operation in Public Transport
Lessons from the US Transport Deregulation Experience for Privatization
Long-Distance Bus Services in Europe: Concessions or Free Market?
Long-Distance Passenger Rail Services in Europe
Competition for Long-Distance Passenger Rail Services
Theme IV:Transport System Interactions and Innovation4 chapters available
When Should we Provide Separate Auto and Truck Roadways?
Dedicated Lanes, Tolls and its Technology
The Informed and Oriented Transport System User
Potential Economic Impacts of Technological and Organizational Innovations in Intermodal Access to Major Passenger Terminals
Theme V: Sustainable Interurban Mobility4 chapters available
Environmental Aspects of Inter-City Passenger Transport
The Economics of Co2 Emissions Trading for Aviation
The Contribution of Strategic Environmental Assessment to Transport Policy Governance
Does Strategic Environmental Assessment Change Outcomes?
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