Prepared with funding from Office of Planning Assistance Urban Mass Transportation Administration
Local transit -- Management, Transportation agencies -- Planning, Transportation agencies -- Political aspects, Intergovernmental cooperation
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.
Adler, Sy, "Understanding the Dynamics of Innovation in Urban Transit" (1986). Center for Urban Studies Publications and Reports. 88.