The intercity passenger transport modes, the transportation companies, the economics of transport operations (bus, rail and air), intermodal costs and fares, government expenditures, marketing practices, level of service, and passenger movements are considered, and problems and deficiencies are identified and reviewed in an effort to assist in the development of alternative passenger transport systems. It was found that the automobile was the cheapest mode at current fuel price levels in the short travel haul and medium-haul trip market. Bus operations were profitable and characterized by low unit costs. Passengers in the long-distance trip market were price-sensitive, and services in the Maritimes were characterized by low speeds and few through services. The service of the 2 major rail operators all operate at a loss and require a subsidy. Rail fares tend to be higher than bus fares. The greater economic regulation of the air mode by the Federal government is noted, as well as the air mode's leadership with respect to marketing practices.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Transport Commission

    275 Slater Street
    Ottawa, ONo K1A 0N9,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 155 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00144055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 252 Res. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1977 12:00AM