The outlook for urban passenger transport in Australia

This market segment paper covers the field of urban passenger transport in Australia over the next five years and includes an examination of the factors which might influence short term developments in this market segment. Much depends on the strategy that public transport managers choose to adopt. A 'status quo' approach is likely to result in a combination of current trends. At the end of the five year period there is a real risk that public acceptance of the need to support not only operating costs, but continual investment in public transport, will be substantially diminished. Such a development would be rather more likely if the current 'tax revolt' and concern about 'big government' remains a potent political factor. Under these circumstances the possibility of a flexible response to the longer term needs would be reduced, to the dilemma of urban public transport in the long term. If an activist policy of balanced managerial and especially marketing effort is accepted, then it is possible that the long term decline in patronage could be halted and to an extent reversed. Whatever the reason, the reversal would do much to ease the political climate within which public transport decisions will be made.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: VII + 46P

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01440338
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0642037973
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:56PM