This paper offers a general outline of the case for subsidising public transport. Two main transport problems are distinguished: the declining image of public transport and the high social costs, especially in urban areas, of increasing car usage. A balanced strategy is required for the development of both public and private transport. The precise nature of this strategy must reflect the differing needs of different communities and be determined by human values as well as engineering efficiency, profitability and economic demand. Three kinds of subsidy are distinguished and briefly discussed: support for capital expenditure; subvention to daily operation and management; and subventions to help poor areas, regions or persons (eg concessionary fares). It is concluded that subsidies are a useful and flexible tool in the attainment of a comprehensive coordinated transport policy capable of meeting the needs of society. A discussion follows. /TRRL/


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 3-20

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  • Accession Number: 00261711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1981 12:00AM