Civic Report No. 30 November 2002


Competitive Contracting of Bus Service: A Better Deal for Riders and Taxpayers

Table 2: New York Metropolitan Area Bus Transit Services, Fiscal Year 2000

State

System

Annual Operator Type [a]

Vehicles Ridership [b] (1,000s)

Operating in Max. Service

Total Operating Expenses (1,000s)

Expense per Vehicle Hr.*

NY

New York City Transit Authority

1

821,994.5

3,840

 $ 1,323,556.89

 $ 90.74

NY

Long Island Bus

1

29,889.4

269

78,887.7

 90.50

NJ

New Jersey Transit [c]

1

141,403.9

1,682

439,391.8

 88.03

NY

New York City-Franchised

2

 111,311

1,084

264,985

86.18

 

 New York-GTJC

2

78,729.2

601

150,295.7

 83.76

 

 Queens Surface Corp

2

25,746.5

280

75,167.8

 99.58

 

 New York Bus Tours, Inc.

2

3,943.9

128

22,293.9

 75.00

 

 Liberty Lines Express

2

2,891.3

75

17,227.8

 75.48

NY

Liberty Lines Transit (Westchester Bee Line)

2

23,927.6

273

62,622.3

 78.23

NY

Suffolk County Transit [d]

2

4,406.2

130

23,524.6

 59.19

NJ

New Jersey Transit (contract service)

2

8,375.8

143

25,704.3

 56.92

Operator type:
1. Public
2. Public-private contract
a. All buses publicly owned; maintenance and support arrangements may differ by operator
b. Unlinked passenger trips
c. Includes statewide operations
d. County-sponsored service provided by seven private contractors
* Vehicle hours consist of all of the time a bus is on the road, in service and out of service, including “deadhead” periods most common in express service.

Source: Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, 2000.

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