FARE BOX AND PUBLIC REVENUE: HOW TO FINANCE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

To be effective, governmental funds for public transit services must be based on sound approaches for providing and distributing subsidies. This report provides a review of the impacts of current capital and operating grants programs. Recommendations are made for a combination of provider-side subsidies and user-side subsidies. This funding option would emphasize the strengths of both subsidies, that is, funding to transportation providers as well as direct assistance to individual users who are able to choose among competing providers. Based on rider surveys in four Texas cities, a reassessment of fare reductions for specific population segments is warranted, with fare subsidies geared more specifically to local opinion and local population characteristics. A differential fare structure was found to be acceptable to current transit patrons, based on market segments, type of transit service, and other features. These options for a discriminatory fare structure suggest that minor fare alternations would prove beneficial to local systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was conducted in cooperation with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp

    11th and Brazos Streets
    Austin, TX  United States  78701
  • Authors:
    • Billingsley, R S
    • McFarland, W F
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTATX-79-10571 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: Stdy No. 210-78-1057
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1981 12:00AM