The use of the term economic regulation is here broadened to encompass the application of rules or regulations from any source that affects the allocation of economic resources committed to public transportation in urban areas. It is noted that economic regulation as applied to public transportation has failed and that there are 2 reasons for the failure: the regulatory frame of reference has been too narrow; the application of the rules and regulations has been too fragmented. Control of competition is also regarded to be ineffective because the concept of the competitive universe is too restrictive. The determination of what is to be regulated, by whom, in what frame of reference, and within what quidelines is discussed, and concern is expressed for whether such an evaluation is for or against the public interest. Actions in the right direction are listed: UMTA could sponsor a project to inventory and analyze direct and indirect regulatory constraints; UMTA could be the clearinghouse for changes or proposed changes in the regulations to attempt to determine costs and other impacts; These regulatory constraints should be analyzed to determine whether they are complementary with or contrary to the objectives of providing mobility in urban areas; UMTA's research programs and budget could be used to acquire better information and understanding of the interrelationships between transportation and nontransportation goals and criteria.

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    • Gambaccini, Louis J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM