CONTROLLING TRANSIT COSTS IN MEDIUM-SIZED CITIES

It is noted that there are areas of potential productivity gain and cost control in every transit operation. Some examples of these areas include: transportation, maintenance, labor relations, and personnel budget and finance and marketing and planning. Examples of areas in which significant cost reductions were achieved are briefly worked. The development of a better servicing plan, the bringing back, after cutbacsk, of some operators for part-time work and analysis of absenteeism and overtime pay, are outlined, as well as the refining of the scope of a marketing budget, checking dishonesty in the collection of fares and cost, reducing operator's platform time following a study of servicing time, and changing dispatching procedures. Other successful cases outlined here relate to promotional and marketing programs, analysis of accident data, retention of operators, reclamation of wash and rinse water, a lower initial wage rate with periodic progression, and programs for the undisciplined use of sick leave and habitual late comers. Basic tenets that should be considered in these programs are listed.

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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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  • Authors:
    • Buchanan, Robert C
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00176523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM