The Crisis of Public Transport in India: Overwhelming Needs but Limited Resources

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Journal of Public Transportation, ISSN: 1077-291X, Vol: 7, Issue: 4, Page: 1-20

Publication Year:
2004
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http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jpt/vol7/iss4/1
DOI:
10.5038/2375-0901.7.4.1
Author(s):
Pucher, John; Korattyswaroopam, Nisha; Ittyerah, Neenu
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University of South Florida Libraries
article description
The rapid growth of India's urban population has put enormous strains on all transport systems. Burgeoning travel demand far exceeds the limited supply of transport infrastructure and services. Public transport, in particular, has been completely overwhelmed. Most bus and train services are overcrowded, undependable, slow, inconvenient uncoordinated, and dangerous. Moreover, the public ownership and operation of most public transport services has greatly reduced productivity and inflated costs. India's cities desperately need improved and expanded public transport service. Unfortunately, meager government financial assistance and the complete lack of any supportive policies, such as traffic priority for buses, place public transport in an almost impossible situation.