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.
- This study was conducted in cooperation with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
Arlington, TX United States 76011
Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp11th and Brazos Streets
Austin, TX United States 78701
- Billingsley, R S
- McFarland, W F
- Publication Date: 1980-2
- Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 78 p.
- TRT Terms: Capital; Fares; Finance; Grant aid; Public transit; Revenues; Subsidies; Transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Fare reduction
- Subject Areas: Finance; Transportation (General);
- 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