OPERATING RESULTS, 1968 - INTERIM REPORT #3

OPERATING RESULTS OF TWIN CITIES LINES (TCL), INC. ARE REVIEWED IN DETAIL FOR THE YEAR 1968. ALL RELEVANT STATISTICAL MATERIAL IS COVERED, INCLUDING TRANSIT PATRONAGE AND SERVICE, TRENDS IN OPERATING COSTS, FORMULAE FOR ALLOCATING COSTS AMONG INDIVIDUAL ROUTES, ALLOWABLE RETURNS ANALYSIS, AND FARE STRUCTURE. TCL IS THE PRINCIPAL OPERATOR OF BUS TRANSIT IN THE MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL METROPOLITAN AREA. THE ANALYSIS REVEALS A 25% DECLINE IN RIDERSHIP OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS; DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, SERVICE (MEASURED IN VEHICLE MILES PER REVENUE PASSENGER) HAS REMAINED GENERALLY CONSTANT. OPERATING EXPENSES WERE SHOWN TO ACCOUNT FOR A SIZEABLE PORTION OF CURRENT DEFICITS. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT PROPOSALS TO INCREASE THE PRESENT FLAT FARE OF 25found WOULD PROVE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, SINCE IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE CONVENIENT AND INEXPENSIVE FARE ACCOUNTS FOR SOME 12,000 ADDITIONAL DAILY RIDERS. THREE POSSIBLE MEANS OF INCREASING INCOME WITHOUT AN OFFSETTING EROSION OF PATRONAGE ARE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH. THESE INCLUDE: (1) A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM DESIGNED TO INCREASE VEHICLE AND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY; (2) REEVALUATION OF SPECIAL REDUCED FARES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN, PREFERABLY THROUGH A PUBLIC SUBSIDY OF THE 5found-PER-RIDE DIFFERENCE; AND (3) EXEMPTION OF TCL FROM VARIOUS TAXES THROUGH SPECIAL LEGISLATION. /UMTA/

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

    SIMPSON & CURTIN

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1969-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM