REDUNDANCY IN PUBLIC TRANSIT. VOLUME II: THE PROFITS OF COMPETITION IN PUBLIC TRANSIT

This 4-volume study examines the problem of redundancy/duplication of transit services in the San Francisco Bay Area Transit System. Volume II investigates the organizational form and style of operations of the Bay Area transit modes. The first section of this report poses 3 broad questions: 1) self-sufficiency of Bay Area transit modes--to what extent are they able to cover operating costs; 2) organizational question--what would be the consequences of merging BART and AC Transit; and 3) feeder service to BART question--what is the best level of providing such a service. To answer these questions, the author sets up and presents his simulation model of the BART-AC transit system. The model is presented in a number of scenarios. The report discusses a model of the demand for different modes of transportation; develops the Cournot-Nash duopoly framework and sets up the loss-minimizing problem for a combined BART-plus-AC transit agency; discusses empirical estimates of the supply and demographic parameters; and shows simulation results for a wide variety of potential urban transportation scenarios. The analysis resulting from the considerations provide some numerical answers to the what-if questions posed, and the major conclusions are translated into tentative answers to the policy questions. The author concludes that, if both BART and AC Transit were to operate as profit maximizers, they would deliberately offer a variety of different services; hence attract more riders. (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:
    • Viton, P A
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-11-0001-81-2
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM