What started as a straightforward and curious question – what were the human factors behind recent urban transportation innovations in the United States – turned into a wide exploration of civic action, governance, and the very meaning of innovation for transportation at this moment.
In the past decade, several cities have transformed their streets by adding bus and bike lanes, creating new pedestrian plazas, and emphasizing the movement of people instead of cars. These changes were initiated and led by local-level advocacy, and chronicled in our report, “A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation.” Studying recent innovations in transportation practice in six major metropolitan areas in the U.S. we found that local advocacy and civic engagement were a necessary prerequisite for revitalizing urban transportation. The cities studied include New York City, Portland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Charlotte.
TransitCenter will be hosting launch events in each of the case study cities celebrating those who made these innovations possible. Check back soon for more information.
Denver – September 16, 2015 (by invitation only)
Seattle – October 21, 2015 at 12:30pm in the Bertha Knight Landis Room at Seattle City Hall. Co-hosted by the Mayor’s office and Transportation Choices.
After a multi-year battle, the advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) fended off the Mon-Oakland Connector, an autonomous micro-transit project championed by Mayor Bill Peduto.Read More
Debra Johnson, the first woman to hold the top leadership post at RTD, and the first CEO since 1995 to be hired from the outside rather than promoted from within, will bring a fresh eye and a multi-city resume that’s relevant to RTD’s challenges.Read More