A Service-Based Fare Policy for Flex-Route Transit Services
In this chapter, a novel service-based fare strategy is proposed in designing appropriate fare structure when current fixed-route transit turns to flex-route policy, which is now the most popular type of flexible transit services in low-density areas. Service quality offered to each passenger group under two transit policies is assessed and on the premise of pursuing no additional profit in new services, a fare structure is developed based on the variation of service quality as well as cost of provision after implementing flex-route operating policy. In the acquired fare structure, regular riders enjoy discounted fares for imposed delay and curb-to-curb requests pay more money for personal deviation services.
KeywordsFlexible transit Flex-route transit Fare policy Service quality Simulation
This work is supported by Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes of Ministry of Education (Grant No. 2015B06114), Jiangsu Planned Projects for Postdoctoral Research Funds (Grant No. 1701086B), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (Grant No. BK20170879), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2016B01014).
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