PLANNING, RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING, AND LEGISLATION (LEGISLATION SEMINAR)

This seminar which examined the question of what should be done in the legislative area to aid in the solution of problems in public transportation, focused on the broadest scope of legislation. The seminar considered legislation to be synonymous with implementation. General problems encountered in this area are reviewed. The accountability of public transit agencies in their expanding of public funds is discussed. The specifics of reporting to grant-making agencies at the state and federal levels are within the realm of administrators' decision. However, administrators should take care not to overstep their jurisdictions. The size of the region at which the transit agency should exist was also discussed. The making up of deficits incurred by transit operations is reviewed. One proposal was that local communities make up the entire deficit incurred in providing transit service used by their residents. An improvement over existing property tax defict funding methods that is consistent with the concept would be to separate the funding of deficits for local and regional service. The reliance for regional transit subsidies on local property taxes, the problem of "mobility", investment criteria and priorities, and the provision of federal transportation funds to urban areas are other aspects covered. There was no role for legislation in setting fixed operating standards. With respect to other actions of supplying transit service, the role of legislation was limited and indirect and for the most part concerned with funding. Federal legislation should take the lead in setting objectives and priorities in research, development and demonstration of new public transportation services and technology. The role played by legislation is the marketing of transit, was seen to be limited. Other ways in which legislation could influence transportation are outlined. They relate to the granting of passes to certain groups such as welfare recipients, improvement of the quality of transport, automobile restriction, and land use controls.

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  • Accession Number: 00272054
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM