COST EFFECTIVENESS OF RAIL TRANSIT

Section 15 of the Urban Mass Transit Act requires that all transit systems uniformly report their operating data by mode: bus, trolley coach, light rail, rail rapid transit, commuter rail and downtown people mover. This article looks at the different measures that are used to analyse the cost effectiveness of a system. These measures are: cost per passenger-mile; passenger-miles per employee; and passenger-miles per vehicle mile. The cost per passenger-mile is closest to the purpose of this paper, but it may be biased by labor contracts and the frequency of stops. Passenger-miles per vehicle mile measures the load factor, independent of dollars. It measures both sales and service. Passenger-miles per employee measures the efficiency of labor, transit's greatest single cost. These three measures are examined in this paper.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transportation Association

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  • Authors:
    • TENNYSON, E L
  • Publication Date: 1991-6-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00615924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM