Transport Economics


The investment in the transport system, whether carried out at the infrastructure or operational level, implies a careful assessment of the associated costs and benefits not only from the service provider's and users’ perspective, but also for society (considering all the externalities associated).


If, up until recently, the economic evaluation was oriented to evaluate large projects, it is now clear that there are advantages in evaluating all the projects, to clarify which benefits are expected to be achieved, ensuring "the best value for money".


TIS's integrated vision enables organizations to understand the business risks and opportunities, enabling informed decision-making.


TIS has a large experience in developing various demand studies and studies on the calculation of social and environmental benefits to assess the expansion of the Lisbon and Porto Metro networks. At a road infrastructure context, TIS has also been one of the privileged partners of one of the main Portuguese road operators.


More recently, aimed at supporting tendering processes for public road transport networks, TIS has developed the Economic and Financial Feasibility Study required for this process.

Transport Economy


Strategic level
  • Cost-benefit analyses
  • Multicriteria analysis
  • Sensitivity analyses
  • Financial and risk analyses
  • Transportation system costs and revenues


Tactical level
  • Business plans
  • Public transport’s accounts
  • Tariff systems


Operational Level
  • Cost evaluation of urban projects


  • Study of Demand, Evaluation of Social and Environmental Benefits and Cost-Benefit Analysis for several extensions of the Metro of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra
  • Analysis of the Tariff Systems for the Lisbon and Porto Metropolitan Areas and the Inter-Regional Public Transport of Madeira
  • Structuring of the PT Tariff System in Greater Porto
  • Redefinition of the PT Tariff System in Greater Lisbon and the Revenue Distribution Rules for the Multi Operator Transport Passes
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Concession of the Marão Tunnel and AE Transmontana
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Logistics Platform of Leixões
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Lisbon-Porto and Lisbon-Madrid high-speed railway lines
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Implementation of the Information System STCW - European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
  • Business model for interfaces, namely for the Gare do Oriente
  • Public Transport’s Account for the motorway network
  • Public Account for Cascais and for the eleven municipalities of the Region of Aveiro
  • Business model for Vilamoura parking
  • Study on the overcosts of the Public Transport System of the Autonomous Region of Madeira
  • TRI-VALUE: ex-post assessment of the European transport programme
  • PETS - Pricing European Transport Systems
  • UNITE - Unification of Accounts and Marginal Costs for Transport Efficiency
  • REVENUE - Use of Revenues from Transport Pricing
  • BENEFIT - Business models for enhancing funding and enabling financing for infrastructure in transport
  • RAILCALC - Calculation of Use Costs of Railway Infrastructures

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