REGIONAL BUS TRANSPORTATION IN SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN. VOLUME I: DESCRIPTION OF PRESENT OPERATIONS

THE SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (SEMTA) HAS BEEN GRANTED THE POWER TO ACQUIRE AND OPERATE EXISTING TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. THERE ARE EIGHT BUS SYSTEMS WHICH MEET THE LEGAL DEFINITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR ACQUISITION BY SEMTA, AND WHICH WOULD UNDER ITS ADMINISTRATION COMPOSE A UNIFIED SYSTEM. THIS STUDY CONTAINS AN ANALYSIS OF (1) ALL PHYSICAL ASSETS OF THE TRANSIT SYSTEMS, INCLUDING VEHICLES, GARAGES, SHOPS AND OFFICES, AND A DETERMINATION OF THE CONDITION OF THE VEHICLES, STRUCTURES AND PRINCIPAL ITEMS OF EQUIPMENT; (2) OWNERSHIP, FRANCHISES, BALANCE SHEET DATA, AND THE OPERATION OF TRANSPORTATION; (3) ANNUAL PASSENGER REVENUE, RATES OF FARE, OTHER OPERATING INCOME, NONOPERATING INCOME, AND OTHER SOURCES OF REVENUE; AND (4) MAINTENANCE AND OPERATING PRACTICES. THE EIGHT SYSTEMS STUDIED VARY WIDELY IN SIZE AND IN OTHER CHARACTERISTICS, PARTICULARLY PROFITABILITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF STREET RAILWAYS (DSR), CITY OF DETROIT IS THE PREDOMINANT CARRIER INVOLVED. THE NEAR-TERM FINANCIAL RESULTS OF A UNIFIED SYSTEM WOULD BE VERY GREATLY AFFECTED BY DSR'S CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION. DSR HAS A REASONABLY STABLE PATRONAGE, AND ITS OPERATING COSTS WITH ONE SIGNIFICANT EXCEPTION, ARE WITHIN THE RANGE NORMALLY EXPERIENCED BY THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY. NEVERTHELESS, IT HAS BEEN UNABLE IN RECENT YEARS TO MAINTAIN A SOUND FINANCIAL SITUATION. THIS IS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO HEAVY OPERATING EXPENSE RESULTING FROM PAYMENTS TO THE CITY OF DETROIT'S PENSION PLAN, WHICH ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH COMPARED WITH PENSION EXPENSE IN THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY IN GENERAL. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A CONTINUING EXTERNAL SOURCE OF REVENUE BE ESTABLISHED, AUGMENTING THE REVENUE RECEIVED THROUGH THE FARE BOX, TO ASSURE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GOALS OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1967; AND THAT MANAGEMENT TOOLS BE DEVELOPED AND UPDATED TO AID IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF A UNIFIED OPERATION OF BUS TRANSPORTATION. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MICH-T9-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Coverdale and Colpitts

    140 Broadway
    New York, NY  United States  10005
  • Publication Date: 1969-4-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM