University of California Transportation Center
It Wasn't Supposed To Turn Out Like This: Federal Subsidies and Declining Transit Productivity
- Author(s): Lave, Charles
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://www.uctc.net/access/access05.shtml
Consider the urban transit "problem." In the 1960s the problem was declining transit patronage. Finances received little discussion because the industry was essentially self-supporting; operating costs were so low that passenger revenues covered costs. In the 1990s "problem" has a whole new meaning: financial deficits. Today, most transit revenue comes from governments, not passengers, and the result is continual fiscal crisis - the search for money to continue the subsidies.
The new transit problem grew from our efforts to solve the old one.