Metro sul do tejo: Service design and user feedback

Ana Lopes, Guillermo Talavera, Miquel Domènech

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Abstract

© 2016 World Conference on Transport Research Society Metro Sul do Tejo (MST) is a public Light rail system operating in Almada, Portugal. The line opened in 2008 with the aim of improving mobility in the city, reducing pollution, noise and traffic congestion, and reducing the use of private transport. The concession contract provided for the payment of compensations (to be paid by the State) if the estimated number of users was not achieved. After eight years in operation, the service is not economically viable without further support from the State, construction of second and third phases is suspended and the number of service users represents only 45 per cent of the initial estimate. The main purpose of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of the causes behind such a low usage rate by analysing the results of a survey carried out among users of the MST. As we will see, the service does not fulfil quality expectations, nor does it satisfy important requirements such as safety and comfort, which are currently a cause for complaints and may prove decisive in increasing service usage and helping modal shift.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-315
JournalCase Studies on Transport Policy
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Public transportation
  • Service quality
  • User interaction

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