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Document Type


First Advisor

Sims, Clarence A.||Hackamack, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Carroll), 1921-

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management


Government lending--United States; Railroads--United States--Finance


Since 1961, the federal government has enacted three legislative Mile involving grants and loans for the purpose of improving mass transportation in the nation's urban areas. They are the Housing Act of 1961, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, and the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. The purpose of this study is to determine what impact the availability of federal government grants and loans has had upon actions initiated by rail transit executives in five areas of management. These areas are long-range objectives, reorganization of management personnel, management development and training, applying for or acquiring matching funds, and coordination and integration of efforts with city, county, state, and federal officials for the purpose of planning mass transit facilities. A questionnaire was composed, comprising of four elements to which each recipient was to respond: an expression of the most important action taken in each of the five areas of management; a checking of the appropriate period of the year when each action was taken ranging from 1961, to January 1, 1965; a rating scale to assist in measuring some particular criterion relative to each of the actions; and an indication of the order in which the actions wore taken. The questionnaire and cover letter were mailed to the president or general manager (or his equivalent) of each of the fourteen electrically operated roll transit systems in the United States which offer either intraurban or interurban public transportation services. Eleven of the fourteen companies contacted (78 per cent) replied to the questionnaire either by use of the questionnaire, by letter, and/or brochures. After outlining the five areas that were investigated, it was found that the feet that federal government grants and loans are available has affected or influenced the actions of rail transit executives in the areas of long-range (five years) objectives relative to administrating transit service, applying for or acquiring matching funds for the purpose of securing federal funds, and coordination and integration of efforts with city, state, end federal officials for the purpose of planning mass transit facilities and development of urban areas. It was also found that In these three areas a majority of the actions were initiated after the enactment of the Urban Kama Transportation Act of 1964, with the greatest influencial factor centering upon the availability of funds which may be used for capital improvements. It was also determined that the development and training of management personnel is seriously lacking in the industry.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


ix, 114 pages




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