DISTANCE-BASED TRANSIT FARES: ROBIN HOOD OR SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM?

Distance-based bus transit fares have been proposed as an alternative to basically "flat fare" structures in order to generate additional transit revenues while equalizing the costs patrons pay for services. Other studies have discussed the characteristics of transit users and indicated that flat fare structures generally distribute fares among riders in an unfair way, often reinforcing inequities existing in society. This paper documents the development of a computer software system which is useful in analyzing alternative distance-based fare structures with regard to their effects on ridership, revenue, and equity. Utilizing data collected from an on-board survey conducted in the Capital District of New York State, Several distance-based fare structures are studied. Using the computer system, "before and after" comparisons of ridership, revenue, and average fares paid by various groups of riders are made. Results indicate that distance-based fare policies can be developed which will maintain revenue and ridership levels while improving the equity picture. /Author/

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184847
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: New York State Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Prelim Res Rpt 145
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM