Public transport including taxis
TRI researchers work in the areas of psychology, economics, transport planning and modelling, political science and mathematics, all highly relevant to work in the field of public transport. Particular expertise lies in the areas of supply side organisation, in particular institutional frameworks, economic regulation and the operation of free markets in the sector, and the consumer market. In the field of planning and operations, our work focuses on the impact of real time information on passenger behaviour as an input to mode choice and assignment modelling, and in operations, we study bus bunching and the use of big data. Our work, carried out with prestigious international partners, has led to keynote presentations at major international conferences as well as publications in highly ranked journals. Our consultancy work has covered concessionary fares, public transport for disabled people, and comparative public transport policy.
As regards taxi transport, TRI researchers recently gave evidence to the Scottish Government with regard to reform of the provisions of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 which regulars the sector in Scotland, and as part of PhD research into the major barriers to entry into the industry organised and hosted a number of high level research forms involving transport regulators, local taxi and phv companies, Police Scotland and major operators Uber and GetTaxi.
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