With respect to public/private partnership, Los Angeles has transport trends that might be emulated by other urban areas. Los Angeles is now planning a subway because there seems to be no other solution to traffic congestion in the growing region. The Los Angeles Transportation Task Force is an example of public/private partnership in transit planning and development. Having been through eras when the metropolitan region was served by the world's greatest interurban rail system and then the burgeoning freeway system, the public/private era seems now to be evolving. A coherent transport system needs to be formed of automobiles, subways, light rail, buses, helicopters, people movers and walking. Atlantic Richfield, a major participant in this program, was the first oil company to favor use of highway funds for public transportation purposes, a policy now endorsed at state and federal levels. On its own, AR subsidizes carpool parking, offers cut-rate subscription buses and organized vanpools so that now over 65 percent of its downtown office employees are users of one of these modes. A developed transit system stabilizes and improves central business districts, increases property values, and enhances the economy, it is observed. LA now has a reliable means of funding transit development. The private sector is actively promoting ridesharing and reforming the city's parking policy. Joint development is being pushed. The Federal government can encourage public/private partnerships by removing requlations that hinder entry of the private sector into transportation. State and local governments are also in a position to encourage innovative solutions. At the municipal level transit operating agencies need to be more flexible about competition from the private sector. The private sector must be actively involved in transportation issues.

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  • Created Date: Sep 30 1988 12:00AM