Public transit service improvements include increased service speed and frequency, route rationalization, reduced crowding, better cleaning and climate control, better service integration (such as better connections), more convenient navigation and payment systems, more comfortable vehicles and stops/stations, targeted discounts, and on-board amenities such as cupholders and on-board wifi.
Travel emission impacts vary depending on the type of improvement, traveler demographics and travel conditions. The elasticity of transit use with respect to transit service frequency averages 0.5, meaning that each 1.0% increase in service (measured by transit vehicle mileage or operating hours) increases average ridership by 0.5%. Significant comfort and convenience improvements and amenities are likely to increase ridership by 10% to 50%, depending on conditions and demographics.
Public transit service improvements can attract urban commute trips and longer-distance intercity travel.
The effects of each component of PT service can measured separately and modelled as such or the modelling can be simplified by converting each service component into an equivalent travel time to create a generalized travel cost function eg, an additional PT transfer is estimated to be equivalent to an extra 12 min on-board (Petrik & Martinelli, 2017).
Transport models that only consider transit travel time and fare prices can be improved to account for service quality and case studies can be used to test the effects of specific improvements and amenities.
Travel impacts of transit encouragement strategies can be evaluated by comparing the non-service components of generalized costs (travel time and incremental expenses per trip) of transit and driving to calculate a transit competitiveness ratio. The higher this ratio the relatively less attractive is transit compared with driving.
Another major study found that high quality transit (ICF 2010):
- Directly reduces 2% of VMT, transportation fuel use and GHG emissions.
- By stimulating compact development, indirectly reduces 1-21% of VMT, transportation fuel use and GHG emissions compared to a hypothetical scenario without transit.
- Reduces 8% of aggregate VMT, transportation fuel use and GHG emissions in U.S. cities.
- Adding a rail station to a neighborhood that did not previously have rail access is associated with a 9% increase in activity density (combined population and employment density) within a 1-mile radius of the rail station. This causes a 2% reduction in VMT, transport fuel use and emissions.
Improving public transit service quality directly benefits users, and by reducing peak-period automobile travel provides many community benefits.
The resulting net increase in person-km (rather than VKT) that results from the higher PT service also increases agglomeration effects and improves the wellbeing that comes from better connected communities.
Associated issues with service provision (and rider growth) are the incentive structure and the responsibility split between the public authority and the operator, who is typically from the private sector. Most influencers of patronage are reported to be beyond the control of the operator (Wong & Hensher, 2021).
DeRobertis, Michelle et al. (2020), Characteristics of Effective Metropolitan Areawide Public Transit: A Comparison of European, Canadian, and Australian Case Studies, Mineta Transportation Institute (https://transweb.sjsu.edu); at https://bit.ly/3nRmBin. This study identified institutional and operational factors, including abundant, frequent and affordable service, that leads to high transit ridership.
King County Metro (2021), Metro’s 2021 Transit Speed & Reliability Guidelines and Strategies, King County Metro (https://kingcountymetro.gov); at https://bit.ly/3LOTnvD. This guidebook identifies practical ways to improve public transit speed and reliability, so it is more competitive with automobile travel.
Orange¸ Gris (2012), Improving Bus Service: Modest Investments to Increase Transit Ridership, Transport Canada (www.tc.gc.ca); at www.fcm.ca/Documents/tools/GMF/Transport_Canada/ImprovingBusService_EN.pdf. This guide identifies practical ways to improve urban and suburban bus services in small to medium-sized communities.
Petrik, O., & Martinelli, L. (2017). Shared Mobility Simulations for Auckland (p. 116). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40336-016-0211-x
Walker, Jarrett (2015), Explainer: The Transit Ridership Recipe, Human Transit (www.humantransit.org); at https://humantransit.org/basics/the-transit-ridership-recipe. This article describes specific ways to improve public transit service quality and increase ridership.
Wong, Y. Z., & Hensher, D. A. (2021). Institutional reform in the bus and coach sector for a new decade. A summary of the 2019 Thredbo conference on land passenger transport.
Zamudio, Alex and Eric Swenson (2022), Transit Prioritization Tools and Practices, Institute of Transportation Engineers (www.ite.org); at https://bit.ly/38zZuWP. This short paper summarizes examples of transit prioritization in urban corridors.
Increasing the frequency of buses and setting routes to minimise access time are two ways to increase the service component of bus networks (see PT Service Improvements). These service improvements can reduce emissions thanks to an increasing mode share of public transit and reduced transport activity on less efficient modes. However, increased frequency and larger networks also increase costs and, for non-electric buses, increase emissions from the bus network itself. A balancing act is required to optimise the bus network.
Case studies of bus network enhancements show that carbon emissions reductions from non-electric bus networks can often be substantial, including: -13% in Dalian, China, by implementing optimal skip-stop services (Tang, 2020); up to -50% in Barcelona, Spain, by adjusting the network structure, routes and timetables, with no significant change in user costs or average travel times (Griswold, 2017); and -66% in San Francisco, United States, by optimising the MUNI system (Madanat, 2016).
Multi-modal hubs will encourage the use of sustainable modes to access bus services - and for the onward journey - and can help increase bus ridership. Measures can include:
- The provision of respective infrastructure, such as cycling lanes to/from bus stations or stops, as well as secure and easily accessible bicycle or shared vehicle parking facilities.
- The integration of the bus system with public (shared) vehicle schemes and other public transport services by integrated ticketing, or ideally, comprehensive Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions.
Existing assessments of bus projects offer critical lessons for agencies to anticipate and overcome practical and political challenges when planning for new and/or enhanced bus services:
- Consult with users and stakeholders.
- Retain route planning under public authority.
- Provide a dedicated planning team with the data and resources.
- Involve high-level decision makers to foster collaboration between agencies.
- Plan for expansion, prepare contingency plans and adapt services to revealed demand.
- Design operator contracts to enhance competition, align incentives with major performance metrics and avoid renegotiations that tend to favour operator profits.
- Separate ownership of assets from operating concessions to facilitate competitive tendering and investment in clean technologies.
General passenger travel, especially from/to currently poorly serviced areas and during non-peak periods.
As per Public Transport Service Improvements.
Public transport systems contribute to negative externalities beyond climate change, such as local air pollution, and positive externalities, like providing access for those who cannot drive. Failure to account for other externalities when redesigning a bus network could result in adverse effects.
Optimising routes and frequencies to reduce carbon emissions may entail service cuts in low-demand areas, which could have severe adverse effects on accessibility and social equity. For example, this was an issue with the major reform of bus services in Santiago de Chile in 2007, with job losses following increased travel times on some routes. The reform focused on cutting operating costs by introducing a hub and spoke system to concentrate passenger flows, regardless of end-to-end travel times. Subsequent reforms with broader objectives have resolved the issue.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) networks couple all the enhanced bus system features discussed here with physical infrastructure to increase capacity and improve operations. BRT systems can, however, be somewhat less flexible than traditional bus systems and require substantial street space for dedicated lanes and stations.
Measures that encourage the use of bus services via better integration and enhanced accessibility of the bus network can increase bus ridership. Examples include creating multi-modal hubs or public transport stops via respective infrastructure and service provision (eg, easy access to shared vehicle systems or other public transport modes) or digital solutions (eg, integrated ticketing, Mobility as a Service).
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A summary of bus network enhancement effects (some of which is repeated above)
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On-demand transport research has focused, up to now, on the operational specification of services and is targeted at niche markets in urban areas, and some low-density services in peri-urban or rural areas. As a niche market, service research does not bring in too much evidence about CO2 mitigation potential. Nevertheless, research conducted by ITF on shared mobility in recent years, through a combination of stated preferences and optimisation-simulation tools, assessed a market share potential that can vary between 5 to 20% of the metropolitan travel activity, but higher shares for long commuting travel. A significant share of the demand of these services derives from the integration with heavy public transport, through deploying effective and efficient feeding services to rail and metro.
New Zealand examples of public on-demand PT services are those provided in Timaru - where the initial response to the service was a 30% increase in PT, and in Devonport Auckland - where 43% of rides were a switch from private motor vehicles. Both examples were small scale.
Paratransit (in US) or community transport (in UK) is another form of PT that typically caters for people with disabilities that make other forms of transport difficult or impossible. The service may be provided on-demand (like a taxi) or along scheduled routes (like a bus) and may include a public subsidy.
General urban passenger transport, including access to wider PT services
The average load factors tested and potential small percentage of empty kilometres of these vehicles (~10%) can lead, with average occupancy levels around 7-10 passengers and vehicles up to 16 seated passengers, to CO2 emissions per passenger-km of 4-7 smaller than the average private vehicle. Assuming a mode share of around 20%, 50% of them switched from car can lead to CO2 reductions between 10-20%. Moreover, if these vehicles replace conventional large buses with low occupancy levels either to feed public transport or for direct service, these reductions can also produce an additional 5-10% CO2 saving.
The increased accessibility of these services may promote urban sprawl. Policies to avoid this effect are required.
The increased mobility for people who are otherwise travel-constrained provides significant wellbeing improvements.
There have been many on-demand operations attempted over 40 years and many have subsequently ceased, signifying the costly nature of the service and the risks involved with any such ventures (Currie & Fournier, 2020).
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Currie, G., & Fournier, N. (2020). Why most DRT/Micro-Transits fail–What the survivors tell us about progress. Research in Transportation Economics, 83, 100895.
This paper reviews demand responsive transit (DRT) systems performance with particular focus on failure rates. Results show DRT is very failure prone; 50% last less than 7 years, 40% last less than 3 years, and about a quarter fail within 2 years. In the UK, 67% of DRTs have failed, and in Australasia, 54%. Results show a strong link between failure and higher costs.
ITF (2021) Transport Climate Action Directory – On-demand public transport. https://www.itf-oecd.org/policy/demand-public-transport
Urban rail systems can come in different forms:
- Heavy commuter rail lines either run on dedicated high-capacity tracks and infrastructure or share the same tracks with other rail services.
- Metro systems are completely segregated from other traffic and provide high frequencies and capacity; they generally have extensive segments either underground or elevated in viaducts.
- Light rail systems typically run on the surface, sometimes including elevated platforms or underground sections; sometimes they share space with cars, buses and other vehicles.
Urban rail allows for, and is especially suited to, dense cities and regions where it can achieve efficiency gains and economic benefits from agglomeration effects. It provides the highest urban public transport capacity, allowing the transport of large volumes of passengers while minimising land use, relieving road congestion, improving local air quality, and reducing accidents and fatalities. It is the only motorised transport mode that is extensively electrified and thus can have zero tailpipe emissions (are all NZ trains electric?). Urban rail can take advantage of the growing share of renewable electric energy as well as from the development of traction batteries and autonomous driving equipment for road vehicles.
For public transport to truly be an attractive alternative to private motoring, and for any notable level of modal shift to occur, it is necessary to improve public transport of an inferior quality to an appropriate service and quality level. The different urban rail systems offer an array of solutions for reliable, frequent, high-quality public transport and high throughput capacity. Enhancing the rail systems’ performance can take place through very different type of investments, from "hard" investment in new infrastructure to, for example, a new traffic management system that improves the capacity of an existing system (eg, going driverless for metro). In several countries, cities have used investments on a project for a new, modern rail-borne public transport system as an opportunity to redefine goals in terms of urban planning and land use, through the rehabilitation, modernisation or restructuring of the entire urban context.
As with other forms of PT, the cost to riders can be assessed as the combined fare and service function, either as a generalised travel cost or generalised travel time. Rider response is then the demand elasticity to generalised cost.
The emissions reduction is typically then reduced private vehicle emissions that result from any mode shift to trains as, where urban rail is electrified, its tailpipe emissions are zero. Climate externalities from electric rail are zero according to the European "Handbook on the external costs of transport".
By fostering higher-density development, rail indirectly also contributes towards urban forms that favour more public transport use, non‑motorised modes and greater overall transport efficiency. For instance, public transport-oriented compact cities, combined with improved infrastructure for non‑motorised transport, could reduce greenhouse gas intensities by 20-50% compared with 2010 levels. Controlling for other factors, the difference in transport intensity between high- and low-density areas can be more than 40% in vehicle-kilometres travelled per capita.
Passenger rail services will especially contribute to CO2 emissions reductions where load factors are high (ie, there is sufficient demand) and where electricity powering the rail services stems from renewable energy sources.
Urban rail, which often forms the backbone of a city’s public transport system, can yield benefits from agglomeration effects. Other gains can include fewer accidents, less congestion and more efficient land use. Rail can also be less noisy than road transport systems.
Rail projects can also contribute to urban regeneration. For example, the opening of Line D of Lyon’s metro system quadrupled the rate of urban regeneration in the corridor it served. The proportion of new or renovated buildings for commercial purposes rose to 60% compared with 13% elsewhere.
Because of its capital-intensive nature, urban rail requires very high throughput in order to achieve its environmental and economic goals. Investment in rail infrastructure is expensive, but often provides long-term economic and environmental benefits.
Noise is a consequence of all major modes of transport and is one of the key concerns for people living near transport infrastructure.
Urban rail infrastructure can lead to separation effects and time losses for pedestrians. It can also be a physical barrier curtailing accessibility to certain urban areas (especially so in the case of surface-level heavy rail commuter systems).
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Modal shift measures need to play a crucial role in integrated approaches with land-use (avoid) and efficiency (improve) measures because they have the potential to significantly reduce car use and CO2 emissions and because they can produce comparatively fast effects – which makes modal shift measures first aid approaches to achieve a fast "bending of the curve" of excessive car use and growing CO2 emissions.
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Integrated ticketing facilitates public transport transfers across different modes, operators or geographic zones. Within this broad definition, it can take a number of forms, including a common payment mechanism, a single ticket on different operator services, a single ticket across different modes or combinations of these elements. Integrated ticketing often takes form as an electronic "smart ticket".
Benefits to users include ease of access and the ability to treat a public transport system as one single integrated system. In most cases, an integrated ticketing system will also involve integrated tariffs, where common pricing structures exist across different transport modes and operators. Integrated ticketing can also bring time savings, greater flexibility and convenience for customers, which can encourage public transport use.
Integrated ticketing systems typically increase the modal share of public transport in the short and long term.
The introduction of integrated ticketing systems in a set of European cities accompanied an increase in public transport demand of between 4% over two years in Manchester, United Kingdom, and 33% over 18 years in Paris. It remains difficult to isolate the sole impact of integrated ticketing on the increased public transport demand, however.
By increasing the mode share of public transport, integrated ticketing conceivably generates benefits such as reduced congestion and reduced local air pollution. It typically also leads to greater convenience and passenger satisfaction.
Operators can use the data generated to improve operational efficiency and transport planning.
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Integrated ticketing has a positive effect on mode choice due to its synergistic effects in Swedish survey
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The power function best describes time tariffs relationship with demand.
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This study identified institutional and operational factors, including abundant, frequent and affordable service, that leads to high transit ridership.
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Promotion of public transport at a city level and the introduction of a 3- or 7-days integrated ticket to be used for travelling around all the towns, within EU Inter-Connect Project.
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Shows 4% to 40% range of ridership response to integrated fares amongst 7 cities between 1967 and 2001.
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Park and ride (P&R) facilities allow customers to park their vehicles on the edge of dense urban areas and use public transport (PT) – rail, buses or ferries – to reach their destination in the city centre. P&R facilities are often offered to users free of charge or at very low cost.
Typically commuting to and from work in the CBD (given that many P&R are near capacity, often early in the morning (Zhao et al., 2019)).
The available literature shows that behavioural responses to P&R facilities are more complex than a simple interception and shortening of car trips. In response to the introduction of P&R facilities, previous car-only users may now decide to use PT for a part of their trip into the city centre; on the other hand, previous PT-only users may now decide to use their private car for a part of the trip; ie, to get to the P&R facilities.
Overall, the introduction of P&R facilities therefore does not necessarily result in CO2 benefits, especially if the P&R facility is connected to a road-based public transport system. For a rail-based P&R facility in The Hague, Netherlands, a CO2 benefit could be identified. The success of the scheme was attributed to the fact that the P&R facilities were relatively far outside the city centre, thereby intercepting city commuters early and replacing a large portion of their travel by the rail-based PT system.
P&R is typically successful in easing city-centre traffic congestion, thereby enhancing residents’ quality of life and reducing local air pollution. P&R facilities can also be successful in increasing urban accessibility by providing new transport alternatives to commuters. If adequate parking for vulnerable groups (such as the disabled) is supplied, equity in access to public transport can be increased.
Considering system-wide effects (ie, accounting for effects outside the city centre as well as inside), P&R facilities may increase overall car use and related impacts. For example, in Wellington, New Zealand, it was found that increasing parking capacity by 25% without any other changes resulted in increased use of the P&R facility, but that this use replaced more PT trips than car trips.
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Implies replacing a P&R facility with a moderately dense housing (100 units per hectare) would result in a net VKT reduction (or at least no increase in VKT).
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P&R should influence modal choice by making the transfer between car and rapid transit more convenient yet this base assumption rarely matches the empirical reality. P&R tend to attract PT users from near-by suburbs.
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2011 paper showed P&R facilities in the UK contribute to the increase of VKT.
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Discussion of short-term responses to disruption. Raises the issue of P&R effect on car ownership – which would imply a limit on VKT reduction.
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Density, public transport supply and demand, car ownership, fuel price and level of congestion are important predictors of car use. However, although these variables are significantly associated with car travel in metropolitan areas, they do explain variance to a limited extent only.
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P&R is a practical way to attract bus riders, especially young adults, senior citizens, and low-income people to public transit. Dense urban development is encouraged for the full utilization of P&R lots.