THE IMPACT OF PARATRANSIT INNOVATIONS ON THE JOB SECURITY OF CONVENTIONAL TRANSIT EMPLOYEES WITH DISCUSSION

Some general questions are discussed and the various paratransit service modes are reviewed from the point of view of job security. It is noted that the economic viability of demand responsive transit (DRT) has not yet been established, and that it does not appear to be a significant threat to the job security of transit employees. DRT seems to have the greatest potential in areas that are not currently servied by conventional transit. It is also noted that transit workers may gain expanded employment opportunities in combined DRT and conventional transit systems if unions maintain a flexible attitude and management problems can be resolved. The question of whether the cost of dial-a-ride transit could be reduced through effective integration with conventional transit is considered. It is emphasized that dial-a-ride can be more cost-effective if it is designed from the point of new systems efficiency. Such integration will require a great deal of flexibility on the part of both labor and management; if it is adopted, it may mean that the transit industry and transit unions will benefit from the growing interest in paratransit.

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    • This paper appeared in Transportation Research Board Special Report No. 181, Urban Transportation Economics. It contains proceedings of Five Workshops on Pricing Alternatives, Economic Regulations, Labor Issues, Marketing, and Government Financing Responsibilities held by Transportation Research Board. Sponsored by Office of the Secretary, Federal Highway Administration, and Urban Mass Transportation Administration of DOT; Environmental Protection Agency; and Federal Energy Administration.
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    • Mericle, Kenneth S
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 162-166
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS
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  • Accession Number: 00176513
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM