PRIVATE ENTERPRISE TECHNIQUES IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY OF RURAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN IOWA

The primary objective of the Iowa Department of Transportation rural transit program is increased productivity--to be able to produce more output (passengers carried) while using less input (money). When the department assumed control of rural transit in 1976, it became obvious that traditional methods of developing rural transit would hinder, if not actually negate, progress toward the objective of improved productivity. Consequently, the private enterpise philosophy of management was implemented. This philosophy dictated the consolidation of the 275 rural transit systems into 16 systems and the elimination of nonproductive systems, provided authority equal to responsibility, holding specific people and agencies responsible for results, and implemented management and business decisions into an area of social work. The results, after 3 years of effort on a statewide basis, show that the output has increased by 33 percent and the input has decreased by 10 percent. The implications of these results are that transit in general (urban, rural, or intercity) can benefit from consolidating authority and responsibility, managing by objectives, and making decisions that are based on economic and productivity analyses. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: pp 34-38
  • Monograph Title: Rural public transportation
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028353
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1981 12:00AM