Many urban transport systems are on the brink of collapse. Cities throughout America have threatened to shut down transit operations because of budgetary shortfalls. Decades of active government involvement in municipal transportation have encouraged inefficient service and have insulated management from the discipline of market forces. Consequently, public transit systems now extend into low usage areas, labor costs have become intolerably high, and low fares are massively subsidized regardless of usage. This book assembles the work of 15 scholars, transit managers, and labor relations experts whose in-depth examination of this critical subject focuses on the economics of transit matters, the possible alternative modes of urban transit, and the economic and political problems of implementing changes. The authors conclude that private free market forms of transit have the only reasonable chance to solve urban transit problems, and they offer policy alternatives that challenge the current public failure of monopolized transit systems. This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the evolution of public transportation problems and policy responses, drawing extensively from documented cases throughout the country. It is a sourcebook of workable remedies to effect consequential and imperative changes in this increasingly crisis-prone issue. 1--The Private Challenge to Public Transportation--An Overview; 2--The Rise and Fall of Monopolized Transit; 3--Toward Fragmentation: The Evolution of Public Transportation in Chicago; 4--Use of Private Companies to Provide Public Transportation Service in Tidewater Virginia; 5--Private Commuter Vans in New York; 6--Recent Experience with Successful Private Transit in Large U.S. Cities; 7--Privately Provided Commuter Bus Services: Experiences, Problems, and Prospects; 8--The Taxi in the Urban Transport System; 9--The Overseas Experience; 10--The Comparative Costs of Public and Private Providers of Mass Transit; 11--Redesigning Local Transportation Service; 12--Government Policies Affecting Competition in Public Transportation; 13--Implications of Efficiency Incentives on Use of Private Sector Contracting by the Public Transit Industry; 14--The Private Challenge to Public Transportation. Bibliography and Index included.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research

    177 Post Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94108
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, J
  • Publication Date: 1985

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 372 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399611
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM