ANALYSIS OF MILWAUKEE TRANSIT SERVICE

THE PURPOSE OF THIS REPORT IS TO ANALYZE THE MASS TRANSIT SERVICE AVAILABLE TO MILWAUKEE COUNTY. AN INVENTORY WAS TAKEN OF LOCAL TRANSIT SERVICE. IT WAS ANALYZED IN TERMS OF OPERATING COST, PURCHASING PRACTICES, AND DRIVER COSTS. ITS FARE STRUCTURE WAS FOUND TO BE THE LOWEST AMONG THE 6 OTHER CITIES USED FOR COMPARISON. THE AUTHORS ALSO EVALUATED THE TRANSIT SYSTEM IN TERMS OF QUALITY OF SERVICE, AND THE NATURE OF THE RIDERS WHICH IT SERVED. THE RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT THE MILWAUKEE AREA HAS BEEN ENJOYING A HIGH QUALITY OF SERVICE IN COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR CITIES, BUT RISING COSTS AND DECREASING INCOME HAVE BROUGHT THE TRANSIT COMPANY TO THE POINT WHERE REVENUES NO LONGER ARE SUFFICIENT TO MEET CURRENT OPERATING COSTS. IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF HIGH QUALITY SERVICE AT NO INCREASE IN COST CANNOT BE ACHIEVED THROUGH PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. EITHER THE COMPANY MUST INCREASE FARES AND REDUCE SERVICE, OR SOME FORM OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE MUST BE GIVEN TO THE TRANSIT SYSTEM. THE AUTHORS RECOMMEND THAT MILWAUKEE COUNTY: (1) ACQUIRE 40 TO 45 BUSES A YEAR AND LEASE THEM TO THE TRANSIT COMPANY AT A NOMINAL RATE; (2) REIMBURSE THE COMPANY FOR THE COST DIFFERENTIAL OF CARRYING SCHOOL CHILDREN ON REGULAR RUNS; (3) REIMBURSE THE TRANIST COMPANY FOR CARRYING, WITHOUT CHARGE, CERTAIN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; AND (4) REIMBURSE THE COMPANY FOR THE COST OF MAINTAINING AND GARAGING THE VEHICLES OWNED BY THE PUBLIC IF THE PRECEDING STEPS ARE INSUFFICIENT TO STOP THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF RISING FARES AND SECREASING PATRONAGE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO WISC-T9-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Barton-Aschman Associates, Incorporated

    1771 West Howard Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60626
  • Publication Date: 1970-4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239448
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1973 12:00AM