Public transport in Sydney is an enormous enterprise. It moves a lot of people and its provision and operation costs a lot of money. It is also an important public service, being the only means of transport for a large number of people in a city where motorised transport is essential for day to day existence. Public transport is not equally available to all of Sydney's residents however, and for this and related reasons is used more by some groups than others. Furthermore, the users of public transport in Sydney do not meet its full costs. There are therefore major questions of equity in respect of the provision, operation and use of public transport in Sydney, and these are the subject of this paper. The paper proceeds by briefly considering the dimensions of equity in relation to public transport generally, and then to examine these in relation to public transport in Sydney. It relies heavily in this analysis on data collected in a household interview survey carried out by the state transport study group of New South Wales in 1981. It is concluded that public transport in Sydney is not equitably provided, operated or used, there being readily identifiable winners and losers as a result of the distribution, cost and financing of the public transport system. For the covering abstract of the conference, see TRIS 453872. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 14-19

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  • Accession Number: 00453874
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 85/11
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM