Introducing Transit Preferential Treatment: Is a Political Maverick Necessary for Public Transportation to Innovate?

Buses, and more generally at-grade public transportation, remain the most important component of transit services in all urban areas, but the steady increase in travel demand, especially in private automobiles, has resulted in a growing level of congestion, affecting both cars and public transportation. The innovative introduction of preferential treatment is surprisingly not generalized in spite of its benefits, raising the question of whether preferential treatment is transferable. By applying the agenda building theory to the context of public transportation, the paper outlines how innovative policy making can be introduced and determines if the presence of a policy entrepreneur is a necessary and sufficient condition. Using 11 cities in Europe and America as case studies, essential elements have been identified for addressing public reaction, institutional fragmentation, and the stance of decision makers. It can be concluded that the rising concerns about transportation and the emergence of mixed decision making models allow cities to implement preferential treatment without a policy entrepreneur.

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  • Authors:
    • Coughlin, Joseph F
    • Pulichino, Michael
  • Publication Date: 2005-6


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  • Accession Number: 01000911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2005 5:18PM