Valuation of Transport Service Characteristics Relevant for the Establishment of Fast Inter-City Lines in Sea-Borne Passenger Traffic
Keywords:Maritime passenger transport, Transport services, Fast vessel inter-city lines
This paper analyses and evaluates major characteristics of transport services relevant for the organization of fast inter-city lines in maritime passenger transport. Service characteristics that have been subjected to research and assessment include: 1) individual travel costs, 2) travel duration, 3) travel safety, 4) social costs of transport, 5) ability to create a traffic service and 6) other elements of the traffic service. Using descriptive statistics and growth matrix, the analysis reveals that the Ability to create a traffic service and Travel duration, both having direct growth rates of 75 %, will have the largest impact on the establishment of fast inter-city sea-borne lines, followed by the Social costs of transport with the direct growth rate of 68.42 %. The impact of other transport service characteristics on the organization of fast inter-city lines in maritime passenger transport is estimated as moderate.