The system of "colectivo" buses in Buenos Aires provides a city of 8 million people with public transport on the basis of regulated competition. The colectivos are provided by small operators each licenced to operate a small group of routes. The paper analyses the history of the colectivo system and looks at the current structure and operations of the companies involved. The system of regulated competition, the relationship between the operators and the city authorities, the regulations and the means of controlling tariffs are discussed. The author concludes by examining in what ways the experience of the colectivo system can be applied to the proposed deregulation of public transport in the United Kingdom, and what lessons can be learnt about the likely effects of deregulation in the UK as a whole. This paper is presented in an abridged form. For the covering abstract of the seminar see TRIS 456300.

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    • Public Transport Planning and Operation. Proceedings of Seminar J held at PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, University of Sussex, England, 15-18 July 1985, V P266.
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  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Pagination: p. 203

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  • Accession Number: 00456305
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM