A PROGRAM FOR SUB-ALLOCATING OPERATING ASSISTANCE FUNDS

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) formula is based on demand (annual revenue passenger miles), supply (annual revenue seat miles), and efficiency-(annual revenue passenger miles divided by annual revenue seat miles) x annual revenue passengers. The generalized formula was applied to the regionwide case and a boundary (state) case. They were then averaged and the resulting amounts served as the staff recommended apportionments of section 5 funds to operating entities in the Delaware valley. Data concerning public transportation operations trends are presented graphically with the intent of identifying the fiscal and operational realities faced by the local public transportation operators. As better data reporting systems are developed nationally, it is expected that the methodology will become nationally recognized for sub-apportionment of the Section 5 in metropolitan areas. An advantage of the formula is that operating entities compete against each other for subsidies. Greater patronage and a more efficient ratio of demand to supply should increase one operating entity[s subsidy, all things being equal. The methodology commonly relies on data compiled by operating entities, and it is easily executed. The methodology does not require a detailed operating cost analysis of each mode and operating entity.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Pierce, I N
    • Schwarzwalder, J
    • Brizell III, E G
    • Sergi, J
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 31-42
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131701
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1981 12:00AM