IS SLIMMER FITTER?

Economic recession compels governments to save expenses. As public transport is state-aided, economies have to be effected in this field. As such, public transport operators are obliged to depress costs and increase proceeds. In the matter of costs, a distinction must be made between unchangeable and reductible costs. By way of a comparison with private households, ways and means for possible solutions are specified. Reference is also made to construction plans that are imposed on public transport companies by the Belgium government. A future directed policy however presupposes extra expenses with a view to a further reduction of costs in the long run. These anti-crisis-investments are necessary, if not, public transport will go on deteriorating. Besides costs, receipts should be increased by means of a psychological and commercial strategy. It is demonstrated that merely linear increase of fares has an adverse effect. The question "is slimmer fitter?" can be answered affirmatively on the understanding of a differentiated approach, as well by operators as by governments. These actions create preconditions for take-off, indispensable for prosperity of public transport as soon as an economic upward movement stands out. (TRRL)

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    • Transport Policy. Proceedings of Seminar M held at the PTRC 11th Summer Annual Meeting, University of Sussex.
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  • Authors:
    • De Borger, R
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  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Pagination: p. 77-86

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  • Accession Number: 00381600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-112-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P240
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM