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The Transport Economists’ Group, formed in 1973, provides a forum for people involved in transport economics to meet regularly and discuss matters of mutual interest. Membership is open to economists working in transport and others whose work is connected with transport economics. The aim of the Group is to improve the quality of transport management, planning and decision making by promoting lectures, discussions and publications related to the economics of transport and of the environment within which the industry functions.

Notice of AGM

The Transport Economists’ Group AGM 2019 will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at Arup at 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ, before the March meeting. Further details and papers will appear here.

Next meeting, Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 17:30 for 18:00

Greg Marsden of ITS Leeds will speak on “All change? Do shifts in travel demand trends matter to transport economics?

This presentation highlights some of the key findings of the Commission on Travel Demand’s inquiry into changing travel trends. We travel substantially less today, per head of population, than one or two decades ago. We make 16% fewer trips than 1996, travel 10% fewer miles than in 2002 and spend 22 hours less travelling than we did a decade ago. This was not anticipated, and is not fully explained by our current models. Our assessment is that it is a combination of longer-term societal shifts in activities such as higher education, how we work and how we shop, changing demographics, shifts in income across the population as well as policies in the transport sector which have encouraged urbanisation. The recession has played a part, as has the shift to mobile internet and other advances in information and communication technologies. However, the trends pre-date both of these. The outcomes are not a “blip” from a one off event. The relationship between how much, how often, when and how we travel and the activities we take part in has changed, and continues to do so. It asks what these shifts mean for transport economics with the presentation specifically aimed to provoke a discussion.

The report and associated resources can be found athttp://www.demand.ac.uk/commission-on-travel-demand/.

Attendance is open to anyone, but to enable Arup security to prepare a pass for you please click I wish to attend the next TEG meeting.

(Alternatively, send an email with Subject “I wish to attend the next TEG meeting” to Attendance@transecongroup.org)

 

All meetings will be held at 17:30 for 18:00 at Arup Head Office, 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ, as shown below

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