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The prospects of fare-free public transport: evidence from Tallinn
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering. Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4506-0459
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7124-7164
2016 (English)In: Transportation, ISSN 0049-4488, E-ISSN 1572-9435, 1-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The subsidy level of public transport systems varies considerably among systems worldwide. While limited-scale free-fare public transport (FFPT) services such as limited campaigns and fare evasion for special groups or specific services are prevalent, there is only limited evidence on the consequences of introducing a full-fledged FFPT. The case of Tallinn, Estonia offers a full-scale experiment that provides a unique opportunity to investigate the impacts of FFPT. This study examines travel pattern changes based on individual travel habit survey shortly before and almost 1 year after the introduction of FFPT policy in Tallinn based on interviews and travel diaries of a random sample of 1500 household. We analyse modal shift effects and whether they are driven by trip generation or trip substitution, travel attitudes and satisfactions as well as impacts on equity, employment prospects, and trip destination choices. Almost a year after the introduction of FFPT, public transport usage increased by 14 % and there is evidence that the mobility of low-income residents has improved. The effect of FFPT on ridership is substantially lower than those reported in previous studies due to the good level of service provision, high public transport usage and low public transport fees that existed already prior to the FFPT.

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Springer-Verlag New York, 2016. 1-22 p.
Keyword [en]
Free public transport, Mode split, Pricing policy, Travel behaviour, Civil engineering, Destination choice, Full-scale experiment, Public transport, Public transport systems, Trip generations, Transportation
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187001DOI: 10.1007/s11116-016-9695-5OAI: diva2:928828

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Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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