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May 11, 2021
End the Red Tape for Red Bus Lanes

The draft MUTCD rules would be a drag on improving bus service, instead of giving cities the freedom and flexibility to quickly prioritize transit on the street.

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April 26, 2021
Boston’s First Step Toward Regional Rail Reform: Off-Peak Trains Every Hour

On April 5, the MBTA changed commuter rail schedules to better accommodate travel outside the morning and evening rush. The change is a small but significant step on the path toward full regional rail reform.

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April 19, 2021
Envisioning a Federal Program to Increase Transit Service

How might a federal program to fund transit service be structured? What difference would it make for transit riders?

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April 7, 2021
How Long Until Atlanta Transit Riders Get More MARTA?

Four years after the More MARTA referendum, what improvements are now tangible for Atlanta transit riders, and what can riders expect to see in the next four?

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March 24, 2021
How to Implement the Next Generation of Fare Payment Without Shredding Riders’ Privacy

Transit agencies around the country are adopting a new generation of fare payment systems. TransitCenter’s new report, "Do Not Track: A Guide to Data Privacy For New Transit Fare Media," maps out how to navigate the pitfalls of these new technologies when it comes to privacy. 

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March 22, 2021
How Los Angeles Advocates Built Power and Won a Major Victory for Transit Riders

On January 28th, the LA Metro board voted to fully restore bus service by the start of the new fiscal year in July. This win was the result of a concerted effort by transit advocates, grassroots organizers, and local residents working in coalition to center the voices of bus riders and gain political power at the LA Metro Board.

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March 2, 2021
Pittsburghers Versus the Machine

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. 

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February 25, 2021
How Much Service Are Transit Agencies Running During the Pandemic?

The pandemic brought about sudden and severe cutbacks in service last spring. Nearly all transit agencies have restored some service since then, but a TransitCenter analysis shows wide variation.

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February 9, 2021
States Are Biased Toward Road Spending. Baltimore Advocates Are Out to Change That.

A new coalition of environmental, labor, and business leaders is working with elected officials in Baltimore to pass the Transit Safety and Investment Act, a bill currently moving through the Maryland state legislature. The bill would require the Maryland Department of Transportation, which oversees the Maryland MTA, to spend millions more annually on MTA maintenance and operations over the next five years

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February 4, 2021
Analysis: How Long Will New Emergency Relief Funds Last for Transit Agencies?

Earlier this week, the American Public Transportation Association requested $39.3 billion in relief funding to help transit agencies maintain service and withstand the financial impacts caused by COVID-19. A plan moving through in Congress would reserve about $30 billion for transit. And the Biden administration had earlier proposed $20 billion for transit in the next relief package. What should we make of these different proposals?

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January 25, 2021
New Video: To Tackle the Climate Crisis and Racial Inequity, We Need to Run a Lot More Transit Service

Our latest video illustrates how increasing the amount of transit service by 40% can dramatically expand access to good transit and bring many more jobs within reach of riders.

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January 21, 2021
Personnel Is Policy at US DOT

Compared to Congress, the power of US DOT to directly allocate transportation resources is small. But in the hands of the right team, Pete Buttigieg’s department can still exert immense influence on the transportation landscape.

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