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Characterisation of Intercity Bus Travel Demand in Quebec

Tingting Zhang

Master's thesis (2017)

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Intercity bus services play a key role in Canadian intercity public transportation due to their potential flexibility in scheduling, large spatial coverage, and relatively low infrastructure investment compared to rail and air transportations. The intercity bus industry in Quebec is made up of private companies whose business models endeavor to maximize their profits. This industry, however, is in decline with an obvious and continuous demand reduction since the 1980s due to the rural exodus, competition from other modes, and strict economic regimes. To better cope with the competition arising from other modes, such as train, low-cost flights, and emerging services like carpooling, the operators are committed to service improvement.

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Les autocars interurbains jouent un rôle essentiel pour les déplacements interurbains dans le domaine du transport public. En effet, les autocars offrent plusieurs avantages. Tout d'abord, ils sont potentiellement flexibles au niveau de l'établissement des horaires de service. Ensuite, ils peuvent être opérés à l'aide d'une infrastructure nécessitant des investissements relativement modestes comparativement aux modes par rail et aériens, tout en tenant compte de la grande couverture spatiale offerte. Le transport par autocars au Québec est opéré par des entreprises privées qui doivent évidemment rentabiliser leurs opérations. Le service de transport par autocars est apparu dans les années 1920 comme un complément au service ferroviaire.

Department: Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
Program: Génie civil
Academic/Research Directors: Catherine Morency and Bilal Farooq
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2599/
Institution: École Polytechnique de Montréal
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 16:00
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 09:02
Cite in APA 7: Zhang, T. (2017). Characterisation of Intercity Bus Travel Demand in Quebec [Master's thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal]. PolyPublie. https://publications.polymtl.ca/2599/

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