SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN TOPEKA, KANSAS

THIS REPORT DISCUSSES THE PROBLEMS OF THE TOPEKA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, A PRIVATELY-OWNED ORGANIZATION. ALTHOUGH THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE IN TOPEKA, THE COMPANY IS NEARING THE END OF ITS EXISTENCE DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF AGING BUSES, RISING COSTS, AND DECLINING PATRONAGE, AND, DUE TO EXISTING REVENUE/ COSTS STANDARDS, THE COMPANY CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENTS. THE REPORT ANALYZES THE MOST RECENT THREE YEAR-NINE MONTH PERIOD TO INDICATE TRANSIT LOSSES IN THE TOPEKA METROPOLITAN AREA (AN AVERAGE LOSS OF ALMOST $2,950 PER MONTH). DURING THE MOST RECENT NINE MONTHS, THE COMPANY HAS BEEN FORCED TO USE FUNDS EARMARKED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS IN ORDER TO SUBSIDEZE OPERATIONS AND AS A RESULT, THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO IMPROVE ON SERVICE OR EQUIPMENT AND HAVE RECEIVED NO EARNINGS FROM INVESTMENTS. A SOLUTION IS PROPOSED WHICH WOULD SHIFT THE OWNERSHIP FROM PRIVATE TO PUBLIC AND THEREBY ENABLE THE THE TOPEKA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY TO OBTAIN FEDERAL GRANTS TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT. THERE ARE ALSO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FARE STRUCTURE, OPERATING AUTHORITY, AND TRANSIT MANAGEMENT. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO SHIFT EMPHASIS AWAY FROM A FAILING PRIVATE OPERATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS. UNDER THE PROGRAM, THE FINANCIAL QUESTION OF WHETHER EACH ITEM WILL PAY ITS OWN WAY WOULD BE SUBORDINATED TO THE POTENTIAL PUBLIC BENEFITS FLOWING FROM THE CHANGE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SHIFT IN EMPHASIS WHICH MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED COMPLETELY BEFORE ANY OTHER IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE, ACCORDING TO THE AUTHORS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract KANS-T9-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Johnson, Brickell, & Mulcahy

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  • Publication Date: 1972-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241812
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1982 12:00AM