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April 7, 2023
Transit’s Looming Fiscal Cliff: How Bad is it and What Can We Do?

Many transit agencies are facing looming budget shortfalls as federal relief money dries up and ridership has stabilized well below pre-COVID levels. Now is the moment to completely rethink how we fund transit.

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February 16, 2024
How will WMATA avoid crisis and cover costs for the next couple years?

By Wyatt Gordon Note: A version of this article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington, a nonprofit dedicated to...

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January 19, 2024
Death Spiral or New Dawn: How Did WMATA Get Here?

This is part one of a multipart series on WMATA’s fiscal cliff, which refers to the drastic shortage of funding to cover the costs of the region’s transit system from mid-2024 onwards

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January 9, 2024
Announcing Fred Neal Jr. As New Chair of TransitCenter Board of Trustees

The TransitCenter board of trustees elected Fred Neal Jr. as Chair for the 2024-2025 term, effective as of December 13,...

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January 9, 2024
Drive Less, Live More: How States Can Lead the Way in Climate-Smart Transportation

A focus on car alternatives and better pedestrian infrastructure could save 6,000 lives and $259 billion each year.

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December 21, 2023
Navigating the Transit Talent Crisis: Inside DART’s Remarkable HR Turnaround

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is one the few U.S. transit agencies that have made significant progress in recruitment and human resource practices.

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December 11, 2023
The Red Line Project Could Transform Access to Opportunity for Baltimore’s Transit Riders

This piece was co-authored by TransitCenter, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and Willem Klumpenhouwer, a public transit research consultant. The...

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December 4, 2023
Built to Win: Inside Move Ahead Washington’s Victory

Move Ahead Washington is a transformative shift from transportation plans and budgets that prioritized highways and cars to legislation that invested directly in transit agencies and multi-modal solutions.

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November 29, 2023
Walkable Neighborhoods and Public Transit are Part Of the Clean Energy Transition

By expanding public transportation and rail, and by planning our communities in ways that let people meet their needs with biking, walking, and shorter driving trips we can make the clean energy transition more achievable and affordable.

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November 22, 2023
TransitCenter Applauds the Release of Federal Greenhouse Gas Rule

The new federal Greenhouse Gas Rule that will get us the information we need to make better transportation policy and funding decisions that will allow our families and communities to fully thrive.

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November 1, 2023
Surmounting the Fiscal Cliff: Identifying Stable Funding Solutions for Public Transportation Systems

Urban Institute's latest report, "Surmounting the Fiscal Cliff," seeks to understand why transit agencies—unlike many other public services—continuously face fiscal instability.

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October 26, 2023
On the Brink: Will WMATA’s Progress Be Erased by 2024?

The experience of being a WMATA rider has substantially improved over the last 18 months, thanks to changes the agency has made like adding off-peak service and simplifying fares. Things are about to get even better with the launch of all-door boarding later this fall, overnight bus service on some lines starting in December, and an ambitious plan to redesign the Metrobus network. But all of this could go away by July 1, 2024. 

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October 24, 2023
On Track for Success: Decoding Montreal’s REM Model for Efficient Transit Projects in the U.S

Why is it so difficult to build subway and light rail projects in America? Every week there’s a new story about an American transit project that is behind schedule, over budget, or “paused”. Montreal’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM) stands out as a recent North American project that has begun to address some of the challenges that have foiled so many others. What is REM getting right that other projects aren’t? 

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