This report examines the use of taxi firms as the providers of publicly supported demand responsive transit (DRT). The use of taxi firms as DRT providers raises a number of important institutional and performance issues. Accordingly, the primary purposes of this study are: (1) to analyze the issues associated with taxi firm provision of publicly sponsored community transit services, including the institutional reasons for contracting, competition for contracts, and contractual arrangements and their effects; and (2) to evaluate the performance of taxi-based community transit systems and the consequences for taxi firms becoming public transit providers, including legal implications, operational changes, labor-management relations, impact of subsidization, and effects of contracting on the firm's financial situation and future plans. Shared ride taxi (SRT) performance is evaluated in terms of cost-efficiency and effectiveness, and is also compared to that achieved by other forms of community level transit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    4000 Anteater Instruction and Research Building
    Irvine, CA  USA  92697-3600

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    University Research and Training Program, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Teal, R F
    • Fielding, G J
    • Giuliano, G
    • Marks, J V
    • Goodhue, R E
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 242 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-11-0017-80-2Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1981 12:00AM