The last ten years has seen much legislation and debate about the provision of public transport. Legislation has sought to encourage better co-ordination and a more explicit statement of objectives, assessment of needs and justification of subsidy. The emphasis has been on better performance of the local authorities. Little was heard about the managers in the industry - those charged with actually providing public transport. More recent legislation has required them to publish performance indices and has introduced a degree of competition in an effort to encourage them to be more effective. But what about the important relationship between them and the local authorities? During 1982 the author undertook a study with managers of bus undertakings in the nationalised, municipal and private sectors in which he sought to identify their attitudes and practices with particular reference to subsidy. He found for example that many managers consider they are required to run services that are a waste of money. In this paper he summarises his conclusions and illustrates his findings with quotations from the managers themselves. He concludes that it may be pressures from operators faced with cash limits rather than the legal requirements to prepare and publish public transport plans which will force county councils to identify and adopt formal objectives for the provision of cost effective public passenger transport. (Author/TRRL) IRRD 273492.

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    • Public Transport Planning and Operation. Proceedings of Seminar L held at the PTRC 11th Summer Annual Meeting.
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  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 171-182

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382763
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-112-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P240
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM