Study of the redistributive effects of public policy, i.e., who pays and who benefits, is often lacking in economic analysis. This paper stresses the importance of including a redistributive focus and presents a procedure for analyzing redistributive effects in public transit. The main redistributive effect studied is due to varying profitabilities of transit lines. Ceteris paribus, the users of profitable lines subsidize the users of unprofitable lines. To measure this effect requires that the costs and revenues of the transit system be allocated to the individual lines. The means of accomplishing this allocation are considered. The results can then be correlated with socioeconomic data of the users of each line. Along with this, variables that seem important in explaining the variance in line profitability can be tested. This framework is applied in a case study of the Chicago transity system. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-7
  • Monograph Title: Urban transportation finance
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  • Accession Number: 00142349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025559
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1981 12:00AM