Supply and pricing strategies of informal rural transport providers

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dc.contributor.author Venter, C.J. (Christoffel Jacobus)
dc.contributor.author Molomo, Malesela
dc.contributor.author Mashiri, Mac
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-02T11:34:32Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-02T11:34:32Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12
dc.description.abstract Informal paratransit operators using a range of vehicle types (including pickup trucks, small buses, and motorcycles) are a major provider of mobility in rural areas of the developing world. The paper describes a mixed method approach used to examine such operators’ decisions about vehicle deployment, route frequency, network organisation, and pricing in three rural districts in South Africa. New evidence is presented showing that the condition of rural roads (both paved and unpaved) affects the quantity and quality of public transport services provided, as well as the fares charged to passengers. This strengthens the case for judicious infrastructure investment as a way of improving rural access and livelihoods, and suggests how this might happen by way of leveraging better private sector responses. We also describe the emergence of a differentiated service hierarchy involving a variety of vehicle types suited to different operating conditions, and based on intentional coordination among operators of minibus and pickup truck (‘bakkie’) services. We argue that governments should promote such coordination and innovation in rural transport markets. en_US
dc.description.librarian hj2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) under the African Community Access Programme (AFCAP). en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jtrangeo en_US
dc.identifier.citation Venter, CJ, Molomo, M & Mashin, M 2014, 'Supply and pricing strategies of informal rural transport providers', Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 41, pp. 239-248. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0966-6923 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1873-1236 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.10.001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/42738
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.rights © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Transport Geography. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 41, pp. 239-248. 2014. doi : 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.10.001. en_US
dc.subject Rural transport services en_US
dc.subject Poisson regression models en_US
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.subject Paratransit en_US
dc.subject Rural roads en_US
dc.title Supply and pricing strategies of informal rural transport providers en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US


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