Prerequisites for the efficient management of public transport services

Eugenijus Skietrys, Alvydas Raipa, Vainius Smalskys


The article focuses on the importance of public transport service to the economic, social and ecological environment of the country. Inefficient management of the service accounts for one of several reasons for traffic jams, pollution and reduced mobility of the city population. Based on the experience of other countries (the UK, Australia and Japan), a private operator is seen as a more efficient manager of the services discussed. A transfer of the service management in favour of the private operator enables the increase of quality, amount of transit, encouragement of innovations. This corresponds to the tenets of the New Public Management, being recently stressed by the EU regarding services management. Furthermore, attention is drawn to the fact that a transfer of good practice in full amount is impossible due to different reasons of the problem and peculiarities of local markets. Therefore, the answer to the problem in a particular country lies in following the tenets of NPM rather than copying models of other countries.


public transport; efficiency; new public management; quality; public private partnership

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603