It is proposed that public transit be operated on a completely fare-free basis and that costs for providing such transportation be prepaid by the taxpayer. The inability of the transit industry to provide steady jobs paying adequate wages and other conditions of employment is the most serious problems confronted by transit workers. This situation is traced to the industry's worsening economic position. This is a result of the declining productivity of labor and equipment caused by the ever decreasing number of passengers that are carried for each mile or hour of service. Studies reveal that no-fare transit will produce greatly increased ridership. Increased ridership enables transit labor and equipment to become much more productive when measured in terms of number of passengers carried per vehicle-mile and cost per ride. Operating economies and effeciencies and other advantages inherent in such a system are reviewed. The ever-growing number of state and communities already providing public funds in aid of transit are cited as proof that tax support for such a plan is not impossible. The success of a no-fare transit system will work only if it is adequately preplanned, budgeted and managed efficiently and the cost of its operation are collected in reqular cost per ride. Operating economies and efficiencies and The no-fare public transit must operate within a definite financial budget not exceeding the anticipated amount of tax funding available. System management should be expected to operate within budget and policy guidelines and to provide only the amounts and kinds of transportation that the local community desires and is willing to finance. A suitable system of incentives and penalties should be devised that should ensure effective management.

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    • Appeared in Issues in Public Transportation, proceedings of a conference held by the Highway Research Board at Henniker, New Hampshire, July 9-14, 1972 Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM