Topic Area E: Transport Economics and Finance

This Topic Area deals with key aspects of evaluation, pricing, financing, and economic regulation. Under this topic, the private and social costs and benefits of transport systems (infrastructure and services) are appraised, based on consistent economic criteria. It also helps to understand the roles of each level of government, and develop policy and regulatory proposals, including the issues of pricing, private and public finance and investment choices. This area is concerned with all modes of transport and all types of demand and supply settings.

 

SIG E1 – Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation

Objectives

  • Provide a platform to exchange ideas, theories, methods used in Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation through conferences, workshops, symposia, meetings, etc
  • Organize and manage Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation sessions at WCTRS World Conferences
  • Break the trend of business as usual scenarios in transport investment decisions in a way to reduce the imbalances among the transportation models and guide the decision makers in their way to obtain sustainable transportation systems
  • Establish communication between researchers and policy makers regarding Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation

Background

The Special Interest Group on Transport System Analysis and Economic Evaluation (SIG E1) was planned to be initiated at the WCTR Scientific and Steering Committee meeting in Lyon, 2014. SIG E1 was officially launched on August 2014 with 24 core members.

Activities

  • ‘Transport Investments Benchmarking Workshop’ at Sabanci University in 2015 is currently being organised
  • The Special Issues at RETREC and Transport Policy have now been confirmed for the WCTRS 2016 Shanghai conference
  • As the SIG is newly formed there are no SI activities
  • We are pleased to confirm the website for SIG E1 is now active at http://www.wctrs-tsa.org

Membership

SIG E1 is Chaired by Füsun Ulengin of Sabanci University, Turkey and Co-chaired by Özay ÖZAYDIN of Dogus University, Turkey.

There are currently 25 members.

Contact

Chair:  Füsun Ülengin
Sabanci University, Orta Mahalle, Tuzla 34956 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 216 483 90 00  /  Fax: +90 216 493 90 05
Email: fulengin@sabanciuniv.edu

Co-chair:  Özay Özaydin
Dogus University, Zeamet Caddesi, Acibadem 34722 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 216 444 79 97  /  Fax: +90 216 544 55 35
Email: oozaydin@dogus.edu.tr

Members

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)

 

SIG E3 – Transport Economics and Regulation

Objectives

The SIG-E3 on Transport Economic Regulation aims to create a worldwide forum of stable relationships and shared elaboration for scholars of the sector, public regulators and regulated firms. Its ultimate goal is to promote a better regulation, in both theory and practice.

The SIG-E3 will focus on all relevant aspects of economic regulation (regulatory mechanisms, pricing, unbundling, access, essential facilities regulation, independent regulators, etc.), for the main transport modes (railways, air transport and maritime transport, highways, local public transport).

SIG-E3 will promote conferences, common researches and resources referred both to the sub-topic of infrastructure regulation and services regulation. To date, given the broad scope of problems, the main activities undertaken focused on infrastructure regulation issues, but any contribution also related to the services side is welcome.

Concerning infrastructure regulation, a peculiar research topic is related to the communalities that emerge in regulating different transport infrastructures across modes (common characteristics being large and long-lasting investments, slow technical progress, complex political goals, special relations with the transport services using the infrastructure, peculiar land use implications, etc.). This kind of problem can be effectively faced by a worldwide network of scholars, regulators and firms, starting from a common theoretical body and set of data.

Background

SIG-E3 (formerly known as SIG 4) was launched with a start-up workshop held on April 24th 2009 in Florence (Italy).

Current Activities

What:              Workshop on the topic of Long-Distance Passengers Market

TRASPOL, the Laboratory of Transport Policies of Milan Politecnico, is organising a workshop on the topic of long-distance passengers market. The topics include the economic regulation of long-distance markets, the measure of the effects of liberalisation and the potential impacts of the most recent innovations in the sector. The workshop is part of SIG-E3 activities.

Where           Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Milan Politecnico University, MILANO, Italy

When:            29 September 2017

Further info:  details are available at http://www.traspol.polimi.it/en/eventi-traspol-la-lunga-percorrenza-passeggeri-mercato-pianificazione-innovazione-28-29-settembre-2017/

Deadline dates:         Abstract submission: 5 June 2017 / Registration to the conference: 25 June 2017

Previous Activities

  • Special session during the 2010 WCTRS Conference in Lisbon
  • Special session during the 2013 WCTRS Conference in Rio de Janeiro
  • National conference (Italy) in 2009 involving scholars, regulators and regulated firms
  • Two international surveys (concluded) on highways and railways economic regulation. The surveys involved twenty countries and analysed all relevant aspects of regulation in a comparative perspective. The main results were discussed during WCTRS 2013 (highways) and SIET Conference in 2014 (rail). Further presentations will take place
  • A Transport Policy special issue on “Economic regulation of transport infrastructures” (guest edited by Marco Ponti and Paolo Beria) was published in 2015 (Volume 41), including eleven selected papers
  • Marco Ponti is a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Transport Authority Since June 2014
  • The Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management (JRTPM) will publish a special issue of selected papers on rail regulation of the next WCTR Conference in Shanghai 2016
  • The SIG3 website is available at www.transregulation.polimi.it

Membership

Membership is open to scholars, public regulators, regulated companies and actual or potential “new entrants”. Registration to the mailing list can be made for free at the SIG website www.transregulation.polimi.it. Anyone interested in joining and supporting the SIG-E3, please do so by visiting the website.

Contact

Prof. Marco Ponti (or Prof. Paolo Beria) Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Email: marco.ponti@polimi.it

Email: francesco.ramella@gmail.com

Members

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)