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Delivering Value for Money to Government through Efficient and Effective Public Transit Service Continuity: Some Thoughts

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This paper documents some thoughts on the reform agenda in public transit that is occurring throughout the world. The specific focus is on a growing commitment to competitive regulation through competitive tendering, and the efforts by a few governments (notably in Australia) to take control of the tangible assets used by private operators as a mechanism to exercise the opportunity, if so taken, to put services out to competitive tender. The paper reviews the theoretical arguments and empirical evidence on contracting regimes and asset ownership, and the role that government and the operator might play in a setting in which building trusting and collaborative partnerships has merit in delivering services that are in the main funded from the public purse.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia 2: ATOM, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, F-75013 Paris, France 3: Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal 4: Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK 5: Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster, London, UK 6: Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Manchester, UK 7: Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands 8: Delft University of Technology, Research School TRAIL, Delft, the Netherlands 9: Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil 10: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil 11: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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