Reform of urban public transport - will the 1990's methodology survive?

Over the past decade there has been a steady growth in the introduction of varying reform methodologies for securing the benefits which can arise from greater private sector involvement in the provision of public services, including public transport. Most owner-governments within Australia have embraced some form of public transport reform, with heavy emphasis on improving productive (cost) efficiency towards private sector benchmarks. As a consequence of competitive reform methodologies, the differences (especially in the eyes of the user) between a government and private supplier are being eliminated. Government providers are adopting more commercial principles while private providers are learning how to work with Governments (purchasers) and other providers to deliver profitable, cost effective, and high quality services. New modus operandi include joint ventures, franchise areas, common user assets (buildings and fleet), integrated ticketing systems, technology application, and operator councils. Within Australia, competitive tendering and contracting is the dominant reform methodology being applied. This paper discusses the Australian experience to date and considers other available reform methodologies and proposes criteria which could be used to determine the best approach to use. Some brief comments are also made about the future of urban public transport within the context of existing competitive reform.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 15p (Session 4c, Paper 3)
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: Part 2

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  • Accession Number: 01436046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 7:28PM