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Demand responsive transport: Towards the emergence of a new market segment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jennifer Brake, Professor John Nelson, Dr Steven Wright


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This paper focuses on recent British experience with telematics-based Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services in rural areas. In recent years, the ability of DRT concepts to provide efficient, viable transport services has been greatly enhanced by the use of transport telematics as demonstrated in a variety of environments across Europe. The success of British local authorities in winning substantial funding under the Rural and Urban Bus Challenge programmes for the implementation of DRT has resulted in widespread interest in flexible forms of transport. It is thus timely to evaluate the impact of this substantial investment. Drawing on the experience of a number of UK schemes, the paper assesses the reasons for the new-found success of what is becoming a relatively well-accepted mode by concentrating on a variety of factors including: service characteristics (particularly route flexibility, flexibility of booking method and pre-booking regime), emerging markets and the overall contribution of DRT to increased social inclusion and intermodality. Impediments to the development of DRT services are highlighted. The paper also discusses current research into the next generation of DRT services and concludes by identifying some key issues for policy-makers concerned with the future implementation of DRT services. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Brake JF, Nelson JD, Wright SD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Transport Geography

Year: 2004

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 323-337

ISSN (print): 0966-6923

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1236

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2004.08.011


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