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Special Issue "New Governance Model and Strategy to Improve a Sustainable Transport System"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yacan Wang

School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
Interests: transportation economics; sustainable transport system; transport behavior response
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrea Cirà

Department of Economics, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Interests: transport economics and sustainability; model choice in transport economics and tourism; tourism research; bioeconomics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo

Department of Economics, University of Messina, Piazza Pugliatti 1, Messina, Italy
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Interests: Environmental Management; Industrial Ecology; Environmental Governance; Local Development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lack of coordinated governance among stakeholders leads to insufficient and inefficient supply of transportation facilities and services for regions and megacities around the world. The continuous urban expansion with consequent creation of megacities and city belts involves the need to have more efficient governance structures to maintain technologically, financially and environmentally sustainable transportation systems. Therefore, the new governance model and strategy for regional and urban transports to improve sustainable transport systems becomes increasingly important in China, as well as in developed countries.

From an academic point of view, only few papers are dedicated to the analysis of transport governance system in China and the main part of these works is focused exclusively on analysis of governance problems concerning ports activity while intercity and megacity transportation systems like high speed railway or rail transit are seldom addressed.

Moreover, the rapid regional economic integration and urban expansion process lead to an urban sprawl on the periphery with the well-known problems that these phenomena produce. Many studies are focused on the analysis of urban sprawl in its physical aspect and a low degree of local mixed land use in its functional aspect. However, there is not an organized work to investigate and describe the best practices and comparative analysis of different patterns of governance to mitigate or prevent the problems related to the cities grow and inefficient model of transport governance.

With this Special Issue, we aim to collect the most important contributes focused to analyze the policy implications of effective governance for sustainable transportation development.


  • Stakeholders analysis in transportation governance

  • Transportation governance structures and characteristics at the national, regional and megacity levels

  • Governance innovations for cleaner technology in transport sector

  • Governance innovations for sustainable financial performance in transport sector

  • Governance innovations for smart transport

  • Governance innovations for sharing transport and sustainable urban travel

  • New policy issues to support a sustainable governance in transport sector

  • Case studies for governance of high speed railway, highway, commuting rail transit system and other transportation modes


Prof. Dr. Yacan  Wang
Prof. Dr. Andrea  Cirà
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe  Ioppolo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Governance models and strategy

  • Sustainable transport system

  • Government regulation model and policy instrument

  • Travels’ response to transport governance innovation

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Open AccessArticle Sustainable Governance for the Opened Electric Vehicle Charging and Upgraded Facilities Market
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2126; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9112126
Received: 26 September 2017 / Revised: 13 November 2017 / Accepted: 15 November 2017 / Published: 18 November 2017
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Since the China State Grid opened the market for infrastructure construction of electric charging stations and allowed Tesla, Potevio, BAIC BJEV and other enterprises to provide their own charging stations and other infrastructure construction, the development of electric vehicles has been greatly affected.
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Since the China State Grid opened the market for infrastructure construction of electric charging stations and allowed Tesla, Potevio, BAIC BJEV and other enterprises to provide their own charging stations and other infrastructure construction, the development of electric vehicles has been greatly affected. How to maintain a sustainable governance in the opened electric vehicle charging and upgraded facilities market is an important policy issues. This paper presents a monopolistic competition model for the differentiated products market and addresses several issues related to Cournot equilibrium to illustrate why the expected free market actually operates in a monopolistic competition market structure. The analytic solution of the model shows that whether the extent of firm entry is insufficient, excessive or optimum is determined by consumers’ time preference, level of production differentiation and features of cost structure, including fixed cost and marginal cost. The sensitivity analysis has been performed among the above factors and tracked some other factors which would determine the effect of the new policy issues. The main policy suggestion is that the government should optimize entry regulations and lay down the criterion of charging interface standards for charging stations to avoid the electric vehicle charging and upgraded facilities marketization process of a one-size-fits-all solution and form a monopolistic competition market. Full article

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