Recent trends in transit deficits and the forces behind the deficite are considered as well as the way federal, state and local government have responded to these trends in operating deficits. Comments are also made on future transit financing. It is noted that deficits are not completely self-generated; both past and future deficits are a result of public-policy choices concerning fres, levels of service, labor negotiations, and taxation. The momentum of current trends in rising costs, constant ridership, slowly rising fares, and gradually increasing levels of service will probably push deficits upward at a rate of about 15 percent/year, but this will vary greatly among types of cities. The probability that governments will take the initiative to reduce deficits through innovative types of service and new efficiency controls-rather than through service cutbacks--will be largely a function of the financial pressure on those cities and of their commitment to provide improved public transportation service in the face of that pressure.

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM