The benefits that could result to the taxi operator and the municipal government from the integration of privately owned and publicly owned transportation systems is discussed, and plea is made for a change in the manner in which financial support is provided to various public transportation services. A comparison of the shared-ride taxi operation with several demand-responsive transportation (DRT) systems reveals that the levels of service of the taxi operations are higher although productivity is low. The demand for service is also higher for the shared-ride systems. Taxi operations are, however, not generally subsidized. DRT services are costly because of low demand, capital intensiveness, high labor rates, restrictions on work rules, and few economic incentives. A publicly owned system that used federal money under a 13-C agreement cannot easily change its type of operation. It has been suggested that efficient services at low operating costs can be provided better by private enterprize. Private operations could receive financial assistance but difficulties in obtaining the assistance was so great that almost no private system did receive assistance. Recently, however, the 2 groups (private and public) have begun discussion on the potential that exists for cooperative venture of the 2 groups.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Heathington, Kenneth W
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 84-86
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  • Accession Number: 00126174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM