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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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January 6, 2021
Three Reasons We’re Excited to See Debra Johnson Take Charge at Denver RTD

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.

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December 21, 2020
TransitCenter Analysis of Transit Funding in December COVID Relief Bill

We present this preliminary analysis as a summary and guide to the geographic distribution of transit funds in the December COVID relief package.

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December 17, 2020
And the 2020 Frequency Awards Go To…

On December 17th, TransitCenter held a ceremony recognizing this year’s Frequency Award winners. Here’s a list of the honorees, and a bit about why their work was so important: 

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December 16, 2020
Women Changing Transportation: The Conversations

The Women Changing Transportation program is pleased to present the second installment of videos from our conversation series.

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December 3, 2020
The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped These Agencies From Moving Ahead with Affordable Housing Development

Despite the upheaval brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sound Transit and LA Metro are moving ahead with affordable housing commitments, and are on track to make thousands of homes priced below the market rate available over the next several years.  

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November 30, 2020
“Transit Is the Future” Forums: Coming Soon to a City Near You

This week and next, public transit riders groups, transit agencies, and transit worker unions are holding “Transit Is the Future” Forums across the country.

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November 24, 2020
Good Transit Policy Was Good Politics This Election Day

Even during a pandemic that has severely reduced transit ridership and created uncertainty about household budgets, voters on November 3 recognized the value of transit and decided to ramp up public investment in their local systems.

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October 26, 2020
Los Angeles Bus Riders Speak Out Against Metro’s Bus Service Cuts

Before COVID-19 struck, LA Metro seemed to be turning a corner on bus service with the ambitious network redesign known as NextGen. But the new budget plan signals a return to the days when Metro regularly overlooked the bus riders who make the vast majority of trips on its services.

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October 21, 2020
Say Hello to the New and Improved Transit Insights!

Last year we brought you Transit Insights, a visual tool to track changes in transit ridership, service hours, fares, and other important indicators of transit quality in American cities. We’ve just released a new version, with fresh data and features to make it even easier to explore transit trends.

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