Public transportation passes and the limits of influencing flows

Redynamiser la mobilité grâce au numérique

From the 1970s, mobility authorities started to offer weekly, monthly and annual travel passes. These passes gave their holders unlimited access to the entire public transport network for a single price generally dependent on a geographical criterion (zones). The pass is very convenient for regular public transportation users: it facilitates the use of public transportation by creating a single ticketing system while each mode required a specific ticket before. The pass therefore enables users to make savings on the cost of their travel. For the operator, this new pricing system has its benefits: it brings about greater revenue predictability, as income is no longer dependent solely on the potentially volatile sale of single tickets. The pass guarantees a revenue over a given period, regardless of whether the holder uses the transportation network.

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What scale of implementation?

  • Local

Who pays?

  • Taxpayer

What secondary benefits for the community?

  • Traffic jam mitigation / Ridership decrease

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