Towards Seamless Public Transport
public transport undergoes transformations towards
achieving more seamlessness, our latest Policy
Brief, following our joint seminar with the Korean
Transport Institute, examines considerations from
the user, operator, and governmental point of view.
Policy-relevant conclusions presented here include:
- new opportunities opened by e-ticketing;
- universal payments enabled by bank account-based
- 'virtuous circle' enabled by network design;
- importance of institutional coordination.
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- July 2012
Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles: Made for each other?
Electric vehicles are a potentially significant route towards low-carbon transport but widespread adoption of e-mobility will lead to greater consumption of electricity. Existing electricity systems will need to be reconfigured to meet these needs if reliance on fossil fuels is not to increase.
This Policy Brief looks at the potential of Smart Grids and
electric vehicles to change and improve electricity systems
- June 2012Should electric cars receive subsidies – or “primes” – in order to help
countries reduce oil dependence, greenhouse gas emissions and air
pollution … and if so, when? This Policy Brief highlights evidence on
the costs to consumers and society of purchasing battery electric cars
instead of equivalent fossil-fuelled cars and assesses the justification
for purchase subsidies. It is based on detailed cost comparison for
vehicles currently on sale in the French market and discusses the
impact of the €5 000 “prime” for electric cars.
Electric Cars: Ready for
Electric Vehicles Revisited – Costs, Subsidies and Prospects,
Discussion Paper No. 2012-03, April 2012
Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles: Made for Each Other?,
Discussion Paper No. 2012-02, April 2012
- April 2012
Making Reliability Part of Transport Policy
Most of us face unreliable travel services in our daily lives. Unexpected
delays make us miss a train or arrive late for work. Whether
for business meetings, social events or deliveries of goods,
reliability is a key quality of seamless transport. A review
of policies in OECD countries shows, however, that only few
countries explicitly incorporate reliability into transport
policy making. The Policy Brief outlines the findings of
research undertaken at the International Transport Forum.
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Improving Reliability on Surface Transport Networks, OECD/International Transport Forum, 2010 (pdf)
Improving Reliability on Surface Transport Networks, Executive Summary
International Meeting on Travel Time Reliability - World View and SHRP2,
Washington D.C., 23 January 2011
Incorporating Reliability into Cost-Benefit Assessment: State of Practice and Recent Developments, Presentation at TRB, Washington D.C., January 2012
Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?
Cleaner Cars: Fleet Renewal and Scrappage Schemes, Guide to
Good Practice. (ECMT 1999)
Scrappage programmes aimed to stimulate spending during a
downturn in car sales as a result of the economic recession.
Many governments introduced incentive schemes, offering
consumers cash or discounts for trading in their old car for a
new one. Besides aiming to bolster demand, claims of
environmental and safety benefits were associated
with such schemes to enhance their attractiveness.
But what was the exact impact for environment and safety? And
could it have been even stronger? This Policy Brief
presents the results of an in-depth study that comes to some
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The study follows our Think
Tank‘s 1999 work, highlighting the high cost
of addressing environmental goals through such schemes.
Car Fleet Renewal Schemes: Environmental and Safety Impacts,
France, Germany and the United States (ITF/FIA, 2011)