Working papers in Transport Economics
Lina Jonsson and Gunilla Björklund
Marginal cost estimation for level crossing accidents: evidence from the Swedish railways 2000-2012
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between train traffic
and the accident risk for road users at level crossings. The marginal
effect of train traffic on the accident risk can be used to derive the
marginal cost per train passage that is due to level crossing accidents.
Based on Swedish data from 2000 to 2012 on level crossing accidents, train
volume and crossing characteristics, the marginal cost per train passage is
estimated at SEK 1.28 (EUR 0.13) on average in 2012. The cost per train
passage varies substantially depending on type of protection device, road
type and the traffic volume of the trains.
Keywords: Railway; Marginal cost; Accident probability; Level crossings; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D62; H23; R41; (follow links to similar papers)
17 pages, March 23, 2015
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