Sustainable consumption, production and infrastructure construction for operating and planning intercity passenger transport systems

Yu-Chiun Chiou, Lawrence W. Lan*, Kai Lin Chang

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Abstract

Two bi-level programming models - an operational model and a planning model - for the intercity passenger transport systems under sustainability contexts are proposed in this study. In the upper-level models, the government (regulator) aims to provide the transport infrastructures and to regulate the fares (tolls) to achieve some sustainability objectives, indexed by energy consumption, air pollution, traffic safety, and travel time. In the lower-level models, the transport carriers aim to determine the service frequencies to maximize their profits; whereas the users aim to choose available transport modes to maximize their utilities. The rationales for the proposed models are based on the behavioral conjectures in game theory. A case of 400-km intercity passenger transport (e.g.; Taipei-Kaohsiung in the western corridor of Taiwan) is exemplified with sensitivity analysis. The results indicate that rail transport is the priority mode toward overall sustainability for intercity passenger transport. Based on the results, some policy implications are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume40
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Bi-level programming
  • Game theory
  • Sustainable transport

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