The evolution of urban public transportation in the United States has been largely influenced by four factors: nature of urban travel demand (markets), competition from other modes, costs of providing transit services, and mechanisms for financing costs not paid directly by users. About 80 years ago, mechanized transit could efficiently and competitively serve concentrated travel markets, paid for (with little profit) out of user charges. At that point in time, transit began to become the primary means of urban passenger movement.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Special Report - National Research Council, Transportation Research Board|
|Publisher||NAS, Transportation Research Board|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1983|
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