Revenue Diversification for Transportation: Stepping Beyond Public-Private Partnerships

by Erskine S. Walther, North Carolina A&T State Univ, Greensboro, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Urban Transportation as a Business


The objective of the discussion is to explore a range of revenue generating activities which may be undertaken by public sector transportation providers, transit and highway transportation providers in particular. To facilitate the discussion, these activities will be termed Public Sector Market Enterprise Activities. This terminology is selected because it is descriptive of the activities: they involve revenue generation through activities in competitive markets and they entail conduct appropriate to any market based business enterprise but they are ultimately conducted by public sector entities. The overall objective is to develop non-tax sources of revenue for cross-subsidization of unprofitable transportation activities. The discussion may be considered an introduction to various alternatives for obtaining that objective.

Subject Headings: Revenues | Business management | Public transportation | Public private partnership | Highway transportation | Highway and road management | Urban areas

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