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Public transit fare and subsidy policy in Greater Vancouver, 1970-1983 : efficiency and equity implications Brown, Michael Roland


This thesis studies the consequences for efficiency and equity of the fare and subsidy policies for public transit in Greater Vancouver from 1970 to 1983. Efficiency is defined as revenue passengers carried per revenue vehicle kilometre and equity is defined in terms of progressive, proportional and regressive net incidences of subsidies. By analysing revenue and cost data from suburban and inner city transit depots, it is shown that the net incidence of operating subsidies in 1980 tended to be regressive on a per capita basis. It is shown that the efficiency of transit in Greater Vancouver could be increased by adopting a differentiated fare structure.

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