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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.

Next meeting, Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 17:30 for 18:00

Fitsum Teklu of SYSTRA will speak on “Updating the rail Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook”.

Fitsum is Director of SYSTRA’s Rail Consultancy business. He has a deep theoretical and practical understanding of rail demand forecasting, and has provided related technical and commercial advice to the Department for Transport, the Rail Delivery Group, the Office of Rail and Road, train operating companies and owning groups. Fitsum has also managed the last two updates of the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH), and several research studies on rail demand forecasting.

This talk will attempt to explain what evidence and data underpins the different exogenous and endogenous factors influencing passenger rail demand. It will also describe how the PDFH is updated, indicate the strength of the evidence on the different factors, and highlight areas of future research.

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