The legislative framework for prepaid transit is presented, some inaccurate conceptions regarding such transit are clarified, and the potential applications of prepaid transit to solve local transportation problems are discussed. The National Mass Transportation Assistance Act of 1974 provides federal operating assistance for public transportation and sponsors prepaid transit demonstrations. An excerpt from the Act is presented. Demonstrations have shown that prepaid transit is a promising pricing alternative in the urban transportation environment. It may be used as a transportation habit breaker, and could even be part of a long-term plan to minimize operating deficits through reimposition of fares after free service. In conventional rapid transit systems, free transit might find an application as a cost-cutter. During some periods of the week, it sometimes costs more to staff the collection booth than the revenue generated; prepaid transit is better than the 2 alternatives, namely closing the station or provision of normal service. Prepaid transit can also find application as a method of income distribution. The question of long-term operation of a free public transit service, however, should be tried on a demonstration basis. In such a demonstration, the full potential of such transit can only be realized if it is coordinated with extensive service improvements, capitol improvement and marketing.

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 57-64
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1981 12:00AM