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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:23 AM   #21
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Hong Kong allows private companies to compete in the transit sector. A regulatory board approves fare changes and oversees the whole system's operations (ie. if problems arise in one company, they can coordinate with the others to mitigate the disruption). The model has been very successful, with trains competing primarily with buses for passengers.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #22
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Privatisation isn't seen as something successful here but again it could just be the media and other ideologically driven people feeding a misconception.

The infrastructure and the fleets (trams, trains and buses) still have to be funded by the government, although a lot of people in Melbourne seem to believe that Connex are bad operators because they don't introduce new services, even though it is ultimately the government's responsibility to provide them with the resources to run services.

Although trains still come late and get cancelled, it's actually improved heaps from government ownership, where the trains were even more unreliable and the tram network was frequently brought to a standstill by strikes.

The tram operator, Yarra Trams, has in my opinion done a great job but people seem to want them returned to government hands simply because it's privatised. And the bus operators were always private companies (with a couple of exceptions), and they too are great - unfortunately with central fare collection, they also have to rely on the government to fund services.

In the end, there's not much difference. Every government-run organisation is corporatised and operates the same as a private organisation and in the end, you might have some different senior managers but everything else is essentially the same. And in Melbourne's case, planning is all done centrally and the operators are essentially just contractors who are paid to run specific services, and are fined if they don't.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #23
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I think the BRT in York Region was created by a private-public funding, overall it is pretty good and it has some excellent plans in the short term. I don't know if it would have been any more efficient if the private sector was not involved, but I doubt it would have been up and running anywhere near as quickly.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 07:56 AM   #24
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Beijing have 3 large competing public transit companies, and thousands of private "coach" bus services that runs on transit routes.

it works well... that's all I can say.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 11:46 AM   #25
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Most of Japan's public transportation is privatized. Municipal transit only hold a small market to provide public service where privatization may be financially difficult.

As for JR, they went public more than 10 years ago.
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