This study addresses three key issues concerning the competitive contracting of public transportation services. First, how are developments in the private sector itself affecting the prospects and future configuration of the private transportation suppliers? Second, how do prevailing public agency contracting practices affect the competitiveness and financial status of the transit contracting industry? Third, how are industry developments, public sector contracting practices, and the competitive procurement process interacting to affect the long term prospects for a reasonably competitive market? The research was conducted in three phases: (i) a historical examination of the issues of private sector supply, competition and market contestibility for medium to large service contracting programs; (ii) case study analyses of recently awarded relatively large-scale service contracts; and (iii) an industrywide survey of private transit providers. Both contractors and public agencies agreed that the transit contracting industry is 'reasonably' competitive, but increasingly dominated by a handful of companies capable of competing at the national level. These companies are characterized by substantial financial resources, operations in many different locales, and a major presence in non-transit transportation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    4000 Anteater Instruction and Research Building
    Irvine, CA  United States  92697

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1991-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00610578
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-11-0033-91-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM