Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Concessions of busways to the private sector : the Sao Paulo metropolitan region experience

Contents:

Author Info

  • Rebelo, Jorge M.
  • Benvenuto, Pedro P.
Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    Roughly 16,000 buses serve the 16 million inhabitants of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region; 12,000 of them serve the Sao Paulo municipality itself, where 8.5 million people live. Congestion is heavy at peak travel times, and traffic signal timing logic favors the flow of automobiles. Bus operations are also hampered by obsolete ticket collection systems and by poor access for bus passengers, which lengthens boarding and aligthing times. Average bus speed is about 13 kilometers per hour, headways vary greatly, and service is unreliable. But conditions are expected to improve soon as the private sector becomes involved in trunk-line bus corridors. Tender documents for ten bus corridors (one state andnine municipal) have recently been issued, defining rules for private concerns to bid for implementing and operating trunk line services. All costs to implement each service, including improvements in street systems and facilities such as transfer terminals, are to be born by the winning firm. Ten bids have now been awarded and contracts signed. This pioneer project demonstrates that private companies are ready to go deeper into public transport than they have gone before. Where the investment in busway infrastructure is to be repaid in installments to the private company which is awarded the concession, the use of multilateral agency guarantees (such as the recently approved World Bank guarantees) will probably entice private entrepreneurs. Regulatory and controlling power remain in the government hands. The government will control tariffs, preventing undue increases harmful to low-income users, and monitoring the level of service offered against the pre-agreed targets. Supervision must be very objective, however, and users must be actively involved to gauge the quality of service offered by concessionaires. Sao Paulo municipal authorities were more successful in attracting the private sector than the State, because they devoted a considerable effort to the design remuneration formulas for the concessions.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1995/11/01/000009265_3961019153056/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 1546.

    as in new window
    Length:
    Date of creation: 30 Nov 1995
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:1546

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433
    Phone: (202) 477-1234
    Email:
    Web page: http://www.worldbank.org/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Roads&Highways; Decentralization; Urban Transport; Payment Systems&Infrastructure; Urban Transport; Airports and Air Services; Roads&Highways; Inter-Urban Roads and Passenger Transport; Geographical Information Systems;

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:1546. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Roula I. Yazigi).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.