Background Demand-responsive transport is an alternative to fixed-route, fixed-scheduled transport services in low-demand areas. Objective This paper discusses the welfare and distributional consequences of the implementation of request stops (RSs) on a scheduled fixed-stop transport service. Method The discussion is based on a general welfare model. The focus is on discussing how the magnitudes of the welfare effects on different groups of travellers are influenced by travel patterns and the characteristics of the travellers involved. Results The effects of implementing RSs are critically dependent on the booking procedure, the variation in demand throughout the day, and the travellers’ time values per hour when on the mode and when arriving at the destinations before having any appointments. Moreover, the benefits for the operators and the authorities depend strongly on the risk profile in the tendering contract.

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Published on 01/01/2020

Volume 2020, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12544-020-00426-6
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