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Local transit -- Management, Transportation agencies -- Planning, Transportation agencies -- Political aspects, Intergovernmental cooperation

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84 pages


Urban transit is the major United States example of a private industry that failed and was taken over by the public sector. The recent re-emergence of the private sector in urban transit, and private sector-like behavior in the public sector, raise a number of interesting theoretical and historical issues and policy questions. This report develops a conceptual model to explain this recent history and outlines likely paths of transit service and institutional innovation. The model has three components: 1) the political and economic roles of urban transport facilities in the land development process; 2) the nature of the political process through which transit became a public sector activity; and 3) the political aspects of an industry whose prospects are the joint product of national, state and local actions.


UMTA-OR-11-003-86-1. Catalog Number PR022.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University..

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