URBAN MASS TRANSIT IN ARIZONA: ITS PAST AND ITS POTENTIAL

Within Arizona, only Phoenix and Tucson provide public mass transit service. In each city a substantial part of the operating costs of the bus system is provided by government funds. Both cities face the problems of extended Urban areas, low population density, and low utilization of their bus systems. Tucson's public transportation history is briefly described as an example of the complex problems inherent in providing mass transit in a middle sized, sprawling city where the private automobile is not only the dominant travel mode but a symbol of a way of life. System management and performance is described and passenger response to increased service and fares is discussed. Fare increases succeeded in raising total revenue from 17% of operating cost during 1975-76 to 26% during 1977-78. The community benefits of public transportation are outlined, and policy suggestions are presented. The suggestions include: constant review and adjustment of the route system; reduce peak hour travel without losing total passengers (by for e.g. offering student and reduced fare service during off-peak hours); use portion of student fees allocated to parking lots to cover bus passes--thus reducing University of Arizona traffic and congestion; substitute low-cost subscription service for a direct subsidy; establish more express buses; and construct safe, comfortable shelters.

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    University of Arizona, Tucson

    College of Business and Public Administration
    Tucson, AZ  USA  85721
  • Authors:
    • Billings, R B
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 5-10
  • Serial:
    • Arizona Review
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: University of Arizona, Tucson
    • ISSN: 0004-1629

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194182
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM