EFFECT OF LABOR DISPUTES ON TRANSIT RIDERSHIP

The objective of this study was to assess the effects of labor disputes on transit ridership in Texas using statistical analysis of selected variables. However during the 1979-1983 study period only one transit system in Texas experienced a strike. Therefore it was necessary to examine what happened to systems outside the state which had labor strikes during this period. The results of this study and the effects of labor strikes on transit ridership on systems outside Texas can serve as an indicator of what might be expected to occur to transit ridership for Texas systems following a strike. Indeed Dallas, which did experience a strike during the study period, lost riders after its settlement. Previous studies which addressed this issue have tended to examine the effect of a specific strike, and the effects included a wide range of variables, ridership being only one of several. Most of these studies observed and documented the effects of the strike, both during and after the dispute. The findings of the previous studies as they relate to transit ridership were generally confirmed by this work. It is apparent that transit systems do experience a loss of riders following a labor strike. In light of increasing costs and declining productivity, lost ridership can be a critical factor for transit management. While there are negative implications for both management and labor as results of a strike, it is, perhaps, the public which incurs the major inconvenience.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lamkin, J
    • SAUNDERS, J
    • Hearne-Locke, L
  • Publication Date: 1984-10

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA/TX-84/1076-1F Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-10-84-1076
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM