The aim of this project is to:
- Identify the reasons behind the attitude of acceptance/non-acceptance of transport pricing, and the arguments that support those standpoints;
- Find the means and measures to increase its acceptability;
- Identify the legal and political barriers to the implementation of pricing schemes;
- Analyse the distributional impacts;
- Design acceptable pricing schemes and policy packages, taking account of efficiency and fairness issues.
PATS project aims to bring new and deeper knowledge of the conditions necessary to enhance acceptability of pricing schemes to the transport sector by integrating those requirements in the underlying structural environment. The economic relevance of the research lies also in its added value in enabling a more market oriented approach, through the knowledge of the reasons for opposition and acceptability of pricing schemes, which in turn enables the improvement of the organisation and management of the transport systems
PATS research project is subdivided into five work packages (WP1-WP5), which are linked together in a consecutive logical order where the results from earlier work packages are used in the subsequent ones:
- WP1 State of the art review
- WP2 Socio-economic principles for price acceptability
- WP3 Empirical studies on price acceptability.
- WP4 Design acceptable solutions for pricing packages.
- WP5 Transport Pricing Strategies - Conclusions and Recommendations
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
3062 PA Rotterdam
SW7 2AZ London
M13 9PL Manchester