TRANSIT DEFICITS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Three conclusions are drawn from the survey of the transit deficit situation: The transit deficits reflect public-policy that fares should not bear the full burden of transit costs, that levels of service should be maintained or raised, and the transit is a public service that should be supported through taxes rather than user charges alone; given certain assumptious about the course of inflation and other factors, transit deficits will probably rise about 15 percent per year in the next few years; the cities have a continuing commitment to public transportation and to improved transportation service. Current and impending issues discussed against this backdrop are: the effect of the residents balance budget policy, the social benefits of the transit systems,the increase of the local share of the transit deficits, the role of political leaders in making public transportation decisions, and the fact that money does not solve all problems-poor design may be the foremost problem.

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    • Aex, Robert P
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 253-254
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS
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  • Accession Number: 00176536
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM