Accessibility

GM Survey: Budgets stabilize, revenue alts sought

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

In a turnaround from last year’s General Manager Survey, nearly 60% of respondents are not facing a budget shortage. Of those reporting an issue, 61% cut service, while 58% raised fares and 40% eliminated positions in order to cope. To deal with rising costs such as healthcare and fuel prices, GMs  are revisiting contract charges annually, and cutting back on discretionary costs (i.e. advertising); establishing wellness programs and purchasing fuel in contract blocks; as well as reducing workers comp exposure and purchasing more fuel-efficient buses.

We asked transit executives what they thought of the new transportation bill (MAP-21). Some said it was too early to tell, or were indifferent, while some liked the changes to New Starts evaluation critera and the move toward formula funds. Others disliked that it was only a two-year bill and that Positive Train Control requirements were not adjusted to realistic expectations.

Looking at the makeup of our survey respondents, four out of five were male, while the number of average years worked in the industry was 23. The average annual salary was $113,000, with the highest reported being nearly $300,000 and the lowest being under $33,000. A majority of respondents (63%) feel transit executives are paid fairly, while nearly nine out of ten do not ride their own systems to work. Transit executives spent nearly half of their time dealing with governmental/public affairs, with business/budget dealings coming in second.

Three out of four transit executives cite advertising as an additional way to generate revenue. Applying for state and federal grants, as well as selling maintenance services and acting as a local agent for Greyhound are “other” methods being employed.

For the full story as it appeared, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Fla.'s Broward County considering taxis, Uber, Lyft for paratransit

The county would pick up $15 of the tab. With most paratransit rides five miles or fewer, county officials believe $15 likely would cover the entire bill.

Transdev wins Phoenix Dial-a-Ride service contract

Beginning July 1, 2017, the consolidation of two existing contracts will result in one service provider that operates the service, accepts customer calls, verifies customer eligibility, schedules requested trips, and maintains vehicles.

Profile: Chris Pangilinan, Program Director at TransitCenter

When Chris Pangilinan was a little kid, riding in the backseat of his family’s station wagon, the red stoplights annoyed him. “I would think, Why is this so inefficient? Why do we have to stop all the time?” he recalls...

Phoenix Transit enhances Dial-a-Ride with 'overflow' service

The approved partnership between Dial-a-Ride contractor MV Transportation and their subcontractor Discount Cab provides overflow service during the regular service day.

N.Y. paratransit costs skyrocketing, lack of subway elevators cited: study

Access-A-Ride cost $85.2 million and carried 1.7 million rides in 2000, increasing to an estimated $506 million this year for more than 6.3 million trips.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close