Valuing public transport customer amenities: international transit agency practice

Chris De Gruyter, Graham Currie

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Public transport customer amenities cover a range of measures that can enhance the quality of the passenger experience, such as information provision and station quality. While much research has determined the value that users place on amenities, there is little understanding of current practice in the use of customer amenity valuations in project appraisal. A survey of transit agencies in 11 cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, London, Paris, Toronto, Vienna, Oslo, and Singapore) was undertaken and showed that Australasian cities, albeit Melbourne, generally have widespread inclusion of customer amenities as part of advanced appraisals for all relevant types of public transport projects. Australasian practice tends to include customer amenities more frequently in project appraisal than London, Singapore, and Oslo. Paris, Toronto, and Vienna, although they adopt advanced appraisals for some projects, rarely (if at all) include customer amenities in these appraisals. While agencies generally use published sources of customer amenity values specific to their country, Toronto and Singapore tend to use customer amenity values from London, highlighting a lack of local customer amenity values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Public Transportation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Customer amenity
  • Project appraisal
  • Public transport
  • Transit agency
  • Valuation

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