1st Edition

Policy and Planning as Public Choice
Mass Transit in the United States

ISBN 9781138334816
Published May 22, 2019 by Routledge
298 Pages

USD $120.00

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Book Description

First published in 1999, this book applies formal economic measures to the passenger and taxpayer benefits of public transit service in the United States under a public choice analytical framework. Approximately 400 local transit budgets have been renewed annually for more than 25 years. These budgets epitomize Braybrooke and Linblom’s concept of 'disjointed incrementalism' and Buchanan’s concept of 'Public Choice' since local legislators funded transit despite constant academic criticism of transit performance. On the other hand, Braybrooke and Lindblom and Buchanan show that local budgets capture benefits that traditional planning analysis does not grasp. This is borne out in analysis in the book. Indeed, far from draining society, transit returns five dollars in benefits for each one dollar of public subsidy. After explaining the analytical framework in Chapter 1, four chapters are devoted to measuring the value of transit benefits. The concluding chapter draws out the implications of this approach and of benefit measurement for policy and planning.

Table of Contents

1. A Public Choice Analysis of Transit Budgets. 2. The Public Policy Functions of Transit Services in the United States. 3. Public Transit for Congestion Management. 4. The Low Cost Mobility Benefits of Transit. 5. Transit Value to Neighborhoods. 6. Public Choice Analysis for Transit Policy and Planning.

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’...the book enumerates a litany of useful estimates...References, bibliography and index are excellent...for upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.’ Choice ’The Lewis and Williams volume poses a lot of interesting questions...’ Urban Studies ’If...you need to win an argument with the likes of Wendell Cox (notorious transit-basher), you may need this book, for it presents well-founded arguments in favor of public transport...It’s also saturated with references that may provide useful sources for further investigation.’ Carfree Times