ECONOMIC CRITERIA FOR MAINTAINING MODIFYING OR CREATING URBAN OR SUBURBAN PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS

CRITERES ECONOMIQUES POUR LE MAINTIEN LA MODIFICATION OU LA CREATION DE SERVICES DE TRANSPORTS PUBLICS URBAINS OU SUBURBAINS

Professor Beeseley, of the London Graduate School of Business Studies, author of the report, presents the latter as a sequel to his communication, under a similar title, to the 4th ECMT Symposium held at the Hague in 1971. This 1st study showed more particularly how public-transport subsidies alleviated certain social costs such as those occasioned by traffic congestion, and contributed to a redistribution of incomes in favour of lower-income groups. In his report, the author reviews and comments on a whole range of studies covering: the effects of subsidies on various aspects of urban life and development; the flexibility of public-transport services, in terms of fares, frequency, and efficiency; their flexibility set against the private car; what he calls their "operatinal role" and the possibility of taking the value of this "role" into consideration. The exchanges of views are a critical survey: of the justification given for the subsidies, of their sometimes unexpected effects; of the alternatives to subsidies; of the conditions for the subsidies to be efficient; of the pattern to be given them: equipment, operating, inclusive or special-purpose subsidies; finally, of the role of the controlling authorities these subsidies imply. In conclusion, the Round Table stresses the need for studying the problem in the general framework of transport as a whole and of the conditions of town life.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report on the 24th Round Table on Transport Economy held in Paris on 22-23 November 1973, and subsequent exchange of views.
  • Corporate Authors:

    European Conference of Ministers of Transport

    19, rue de Franqueville
    75775 Paris Cedex 16,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1974

Language

  • French

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Railway Documentation, Selection of
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 24
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1981 12:00AM