TRANSIT AND THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE--A PRACTITIONER'S PERSPECTIVE

Transit services in the state of California are discussed with emphasis on the role of the state legislature. Not unexpectedly, the efforts of the legislature have been significant in financing and developing an institutional framework. Initial efforts centered on providing financing mechanisms and later efforts moved toward accountability and performance measures as transit dollars became more scarce and subject to competition from other governmental programs. Recent activities also have addressed the structure and process of targeting and delivering transit dollars where potentially most effective, encouraging local and private support, and establishing incentives for better management and greater operating efficiency. An array of secondary efforts conceived to enhance public transit in the state are outlined by the transit industry followed by a discussion of efforts to present its case in political arenas in response to financial scarcity and calls for accountability. Despite the activist role of the legislature in transit services inherent limitations exist. The legislature has been a facilitator and architect and can continue to frame certain policies and procedures; still it remains the task of transit operators and managers to actually provide the services, the accountability, and the performance. Failing to do so will set the stage for erosion of political and financial support and increase the prospect of decline and deterioration in the state's transit industry.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 31-37
  • Monograph Title: State and local finance issues : roads and transit
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309037247
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM