The problems of present day public transport are discussed and possible controls that could lead to public transport viability and profitability while preserving passenger satisfaction are considered. The author finds it difficult to reconcile certain historical aspects of transport finance such as the very large discounts given for rail season tickets, or the cross-subsidy of suburban buses out of the profitable services of the inner cities. He also finds it difficult to begrudge bus subsidy when car users are blatantly undercharged for using congested streets. The system of charging for road use which allows users to pay the same for each extra bit of road used, irrespective of whether it is in short supply, is criticised. The two solutions to the problem of public transport are said to be to rely upon administration or to allow the forces of competition to determine the quantity and quality of service supplied. The author favours the competition answer with the suggestion that there must be alongside this course of action a reform of the present inefficient method of rationing road space. (TRRL)

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    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • HIBBS, J
  • Publication Date: 1983-4-21

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 17-18
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 161
    • Issue Number: 4738
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00381480
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM