A more critical look at some of the assumptions used in allocating commonwealth government assistance for land transport investment

The history of recent commonwealth assistance for roads and urban public transport reveals that there is often a dichotomy between, on the one hand, the assumptions used in both federal planning and programming and social cost benefit evaluation in relation to such assistance, and on the other hand, the practicalities of trying to centrally control and direct this assistance and the actual practices adopted by transport administrators when making their investment decisions. This paper looks at several features of recently evolved federal controls over the use of roads and urban public transport assistance provided by the commonwealth. It then briefly examines divergences between the investment patterns indicated as warranted by social cost benefit evaluations and that pattern resulting from commonwealth legislation. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily represent those of the commonwealth treasury. (A)


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  • Pagination: 557-606

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  • Accession Number: 01440908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:17PM