Four arguments support the restriction of federal grants to public transit: The transit industry is "capital poor"; a capital grant restricts the power of transit unions to dissipate most of the grant through wage gains; a capital grant limits the federal government's liability by avoiding an open-ended commitment such as an operating subsidy support for labor costs; and a capital grant is a highly visible means of showing federal concern for transit. Each of these arguments is shown to be without merit. The uneconomic incentives inherent in a capital subsidy suggest that, if the arguments for a federal subsidy to transit operations are accepted, the funds should be allocated as a generalized subsidy to transit service rather than restricted to capital expenses.

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    • Tye, William B
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 30-35
  • Monograph Title: Price-subsidy issues in urban transportation
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  • Accession Number: 00054690
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022614
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 24 1981 12:00AM