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Open Access Fare's fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice

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This paper argues that transport has an important influence on individuals' welfare and therefore transport policy can be readily analysed from social justice and welfare policy perspectives – yet only rarely ever is. The paper develops a justice framework in which to assess the 'fairness' of the eligibility criteria used in concessionary fare policies – specifically the justice principles of need, desert, equality, option choices and affordability. The paper examines a concessionary bus fares policy from a social justice perspective, including an empirical assessment of who in practice benefits most from it and how these findings measure against justice principles.

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Keywords: MOBILITY; OLDER PEOPLE; SOCIAL JUSTICE; TRANSPORT POLICY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 June 2016

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