Private bus operations in urban areas - their economics and role

This paper is concerned with the role that privately operated bus services might play in urban areas of Australia, vis a vis services provided by public operators. It shows that a given level of bus service can be provided substantially more cheaply by private than public operators, and that the majority of the cost savings arise from better utilisation of staff and lower wage rates and associated on costs. Expansion of the role of private services is therefore a possible means of reducing the levels of urban public transport subsidies. The principles which should underlie subsidy schemes for private operators are discussed. (A)


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 705-22
  • Monograph Title: Australian Transport Research Forum, 5th, Sydney, 18-20 April, 1979; papers

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  • Accession Number: 01439478
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:20PM