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  United States  92697

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    University Research and Training Program, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  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