FINANCING: SUBSIDISATION OF URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Details are given of the ECMT Subsidisation Study conducted to investigate the current situation regarding subsidies and concessionary travel arrangements in member countries of ECMT, to compare objectives and practices, and to examine the likely effects of subsidies on the main factors affecting travel. Types of subsidy are classified into 2 categories: capital and operating. An analysis is presented of the objectives of subsidies: creation of a better and safer environment by achieving a modal split more favourable to public transport, creation of a more efficient, less costly and energy-saving solution to urban transport, preservation of existing form of towns, best use of existing public transport and services, maintenance of a viable public transport service for all users, fulfilment of specific transport needs, prevention of a sense of "unfairness" felt by captive users. One part of the report is concerned mainly with how subsidies are raised and trends in subsidies. The remainder deals with the relation between subsidies and costs, fares, services, patronage and subsidy, trends in productivity, method of investigating the effect of subsidy, effect of subsidy on fares, service and patronage, effect of subsidy on productivity (e.g. indices of cost, effect on wages, indices of output per employee, (size of labour force). (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Seminar on Urban Transport and the Environment, 10-12 July 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    2, rue André Pascal
    Paris,   France  75775 Paris Cedex 16
  • Authors:
    • Webster, F V
    • Bly, P H
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 169-220

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1981 12:00AM