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Investigating the problems of transport infrastructure development: The Volga Federal District case

Vol. 16, Iss. 12, DECEMBER 2018

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Received: 15 October 2018

Received in revised form: 28 October 2018

Accepted: 14 November 2018

Available online: 14 December 2018


JEL Classification: R41, R42

Pages: 2292–2302

Bobrova V.V. Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russian Federation

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Berezhnaya L.Yu. Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russian Federation

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Subject The article addresses the problems of transport infrastructure and its significance for the socio-economic performance of regions.
Objectives The purpose of the study is to investigate the main issues of transport infrastructure, i.e. depreciation of fixed assets, volume of investment in transport, and the resulting problems arising from the poor transport infrastructure, like ecology deterioration, increase in road traffic accidents, on the Volga Federal District case.
Methods The study employs analysis, synthesis, and comparison. Using the Federal State Statistics Service data, we performed the monitoring of transport infrastructure indicators and their comparative analysis for the Volga Federal District regions.
Results Based on the calculation of arithmetic means of selected indicators for 2011–2016, we identified the place of the region in relation to other subjects of the Volga Federal District, which we classified into four groups. The first group includes regions with low level of problem indicators. The fourth group includes regions with difficulties caused by the condition of transport infrastructure.
Conclusions Depending on the group, it is crucial to take certain managerial decisions to address the existing transport infrastructure problems. The offered methodology can be expanded by including additional indicators of the state and development of regional transport infrastructure.

Keywords: transport, region, transport infrastructure


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