Civic Report No. 30 November 2002


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

Table 3: Cost of Competitively Contracted vs. Non-Contracted Buses*

 

Operating Cost Per Vehicle Hour ($)**

 

 

Public Operation

Contracted Operation

Cost Difference

Competitive Contract Savings

Denver

80.72

43.23

 -37.49

46%

Houston

67.56

50.00

 -17.56

26%

Los Angeles

  Foothills Transit Zone

91.38

53.11

 -38.27

42%

  Los Angeles City DOT

91.38

56.03

 -35.35

39%

  LA Metro contracted

91.38

55.24

 -36.14

40%

San Diego

  MTDB

56.25

 39.25

 -17.00

30%

  RTS

56.25

 35.27

 -20.98

37%

Average [a]

76.42

 47.45

 -28.97

38%

[a] Unweighted
* all routes orignally run by public systems
** 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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