Paper presented at the 28th Annual Southern African Transport Conference 6 - 9 July 2009 "Sustainable Transport", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.
Fuel costs are a significant component of a public transport fare. It is therefore of critical importance for measures aimed at containing household public transport expenditure to explore alternative ways of reducing fuel consumption or fuel substitution, where motorized travel is necessary. Alternatives include improved operational strategies, fleet acquisition strategies and alternative energy sources. The paper critically examines the extent to which improved public transport operational strategies as well as alternative energy sources can reduce the rate of increase of public transport fares.
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