INCENTIVES IN A METROPOLITAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Existing public-transportation systems employ out-of-date, inefficient technology. This situation has not arisen through the lack of improved technology. Rather, it is the result of inherent disincentives which act to force systems in a counter-productive direction. This is an account of a recent study of the finances and operation of the metropolitan-Boston public transportation system (the MBTA). The existing legislation, which has elements in common with that for many other communities around the nation, was found to have widespread disincentives to productivity for all participants. New legislation introducing strong incentives to maximize efficiency at all levels has been drafted and is reviewed here.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 4th Annual Intersociety Conference on Transportation, Los Angeles, California, July 18-23, 1976, see also RRIS 26 148247.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, D G
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper R&L-3 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM