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Partnerships between operators and public transport authorities. Working practices in relational contracting and collaborative partnerships

  Recent research on public transport has seen increasing focus on issues like coordination, collaboration and steering in complex governance settings. One of the themes in this field of research is related to partnership approaches, as one way of stimulating functioning collaboration between formally independent private and public organisations. The aim of this paper is to explore the role and function of partnerships as a way of supporting well-functioning public transport networks and services in fragmented institutional settings. The empirical focus is on partnerships between operators and public (transport) authorities in two different legal settings: England and Sweden. The analysis is based on interviews with operators and public transport authorities in two metropolitan regions in each country where innovative partnership working has been developed to deal with various types of barriers to delivering better public transport. The results show the key qualities of these partnerships that are required for them to function. Although the regulatory contexts are very different, the partnership qualities are very similar in both cases.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 June 2018

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1016/j.tra.2018.06.032

  • Cross Ref:

    S0965856417309977

  • ISSN:

    0965-8564

  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded; VINNOVA

Citation

Hrelja, R., Rye, T., & Mullen, C. (2018). Partnerships between operators and public transport authorities. Working practices in relational contracting and collaborative partnerships. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 327-338. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.06.032

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Keywords

collaboration; public transport; relational contracting; governance, organisation

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