REDUNDANCY IN PUBLIC TRANSIT. VOLUME I: ON THE IDEA OF AN INTEGRATED TRANSIT SYSTEM

Conventional wisdom in Public Administration traditionally maintained that functional duplication in public services is wasteful. This position has been recently challenged, and it is suggested that redundant organizational structures can make the execution of a given program more reliable and the design of new programs more innovative. This 4-volume study examines the problem of redundancy/duplication of transit services in the San Francisco Bay Area Transit System. Volume I, this report, examines the present structure of two independent public agencies offering directly duplicative transit services, namely--Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, and the Alamed-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit). The report discusses such issues as multiorganizational coordination, interagency contracting, role of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, reorganization of Bay Area transit, redundancy and system failure, and economic efficiency and organizational reliability tradeoffs. The authors state that: 1) increasing the level of redundancy in an organizational system improves the reliability of that system in general; 2) the Bay Area transit suppliers should not be merged into a unified and centrally managed enterprise; 3) rather than more regulations, cut-backs, and monopoly for BART and AC, the policy should be to encourage each operator to do what it does best, to differentiate its product and its fare schedule, and to expand its patronage however it can. (UMTA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Institute of Urban and Regional Development
    Berkeley, CA  USA  94720

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Landau, M
    • CHISHOLM, D
    • Webber, M M
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 75 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-11-0001-81-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM