Variation in Urban Transit Costs and Revenues by Type of Service
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Variation in Urban Transit Costs and Revenues by Type of Service

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    NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION;NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Transit Economics and Finances;NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Transit Economics and Finance;
  • Abstract:
    This research explores whether the public authorities that currently provide mass transit service in the nation's urban areas are able to operate any of those services "profitably," where that term is defined to maximize the possibilities for profitable service. Its major conclusion is that extremely few if any urban transit services now operated by public agencies in U.S. cities generate farebox revenues sufficient to cover even their direct, day-to-day operating expenses. It further concludes that farebox coverage of operating expenses appears to be lowest for exactly those services in which both actual and potential private participants have exhibited the greatest interest, so that there appears to be little risk that widespread contracting out of urban transit service will produce increased deficits for any of its current operators,
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