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An Introduction to Passenger Transport Monitor

The Passenger Transport Monitor is designed to take forward our ongoing and long-standing research work on the financial and market performance of various elements of the UK public transport industry.  This service was previously branded as the TAS Business Monitor, and this company was formerly known as TAS Publications & Events Limited.

As many of our readers will know, we have been doing this for over 25 years now, and previously published our work in a series of mode specific reports generally produced annually, such as Bus Industry Monitor, Rail Industry Monitor and Rapid Transit Monitor. We have also published other reports from time to time looking at the development of Concessionary Fares, Park and Ride, Rural Services and Quality Bus Partnerships.

Our reasons for commencing work on the project in 1990 were to:

  • Fill a perceived gap in the monitoring of the industry. Despite the considerable increase in interest in public transport as a means of combating traffic congestion in urban areas and making a contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases, formal monitoring of what is happening to operators, their passengers, suppliers and the industry in general continues to be patchy and, generally, inadequate.
  • Provide independent and well-researched evidence on the industry in an attempt to inform the public policy debate
  • Maintain a database on all relevant 'hard' data on subsidy, turnover, profits, investment, policy initiatives, patronage, competition and costs.
  • Provide comprehensive and detailed reference material on a regularly updated basis on the issues of concern to managers, planners, decision makers and all those concerned with the future of the bus industry.

We like to believe that we have broadly achieved these objectives, and that the work has been of value to our readers and clients – and to the wider industry – over the years.

Over the years, we have developed the product(s) in several ways, including providing the information in electronic format, initially on CD-ROM, which we first introduced in 1999, and followed by instantly available PDFs by download from our web site in 2005.

We believe that the change we made in 2009 – introducing a single integrated, web-based product was the next logical step along the path of making the data easier to obtain, use and read – whilst also enabling us to update it and present it more easily and in a more timely manner.

We are presenting the data in a way which still resembles what has gone before, in the sense that readers of Bus Industry Monitor or Rail Industry Monitor will still be able to obtain what they require. Meanwhile, our policy remains that the original analysis data is not available other than in the published formats provided, though obviously we can and do accept consultancy commissions to analyse it and present it in accordance with clients' requirements where possible. Individual elements of the reports are also made available from time to time  available for download either by Passenger Transport Monitor subscribers or after purchase in the normal way from the PTIS online shop.

The structure of each section of the web site is set on on a series of mode-specific pages which can be accessed from the top menu. These also serve as the introductory pages for each section for logged in paid subscribers.

The Passenger Transport Monitor service is intended to complement news and current affairs coverage of the industry by providing in-depth analysis. It was clear from the reception that previous editions have received that the work was considered to be of considerable value. It is hoped that this continues to be the case, and we shall be working to continue to update our reports on a regular basis from its database, to ensure that continuing changes can be fully monitored.

The Passenger Transport Monitor reports are researched and produced by Passenger Transport Intelligence Ltd as part of our normal commercial activity and are not funded, supported or assisted financially in any way by any other organisation, authority or group.

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