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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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October 20, 2023
Winning Free Fares for Youth in New Orleans

Most transit agencies rely on fare revenue to fund operations, meaning many are forced into the position of needing to collect fares from the people who can least afford it. To change this paradigm, advocates across the country are fighting for - and winning - programs that allow agencies to zero out fares for youth, removing one of the largest barriers to youth ridership.

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October 2, 2023
LA is (Not-So) Quietly Adding a LOT of Bus Lanes

Thanks to the persistent work of local transit advocates, LA Metro is laying down 30 miles of bus lanes in 2023, pushing the total number of bus lanes in LA County to 40 miles. 

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September 25, 2023
Empowered Bay Area Youths Created BART’s “Not One More Girl” Campaign. Will Phase Two be Enough to Take on Gender-Based Harassment?

This post was written by Catherina Gioino  In 2021, exhausted Bay Area girls brought their lived experiences of sexual harassment...

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September 18, 2023
To Achieve Justice and Climate Outcomes, Fund These Transit Capital Projects

Transit advocates, organizers, and riders are calling on local and state agencies along with the USDOT to advance projects designed to improve the mobility of Black and Brown individuals at a time when there is unprecedented funding and an equitable framework to transform transportation infrastructure, support the climate, and right historic injustices.

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September 8, 2023
TransitCenter Names Stephanie Lotshaw New Executive Director

The TransitCenter Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce the appointment of Stephanie Lotshaw as our next Executive Director. Stephanie was approved unanimously by the board and will begin her tenure on October 2, 2023.

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August 24, 2023
New Drug Testing Rule from USDOT Could Help Alleviate the Bus Operator Crisis

New drug testing rules from the USDOT could make it easier for transit agencies to recruit more operators - but only if they implement the rule.

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August 15, 2023
How Transit Advocates Scored a Major Victory in Minnesota

A major legislative accomplishment in Minnesota exhibits the political clout of coordinated efforts between transit and climate advocates.

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August 9, 2023
MBTA Partners with Union to Reach Historic Wage Agreement

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and its union, Carmen’s Local 589, reached a historic agreement to increase bus operators' starting wages from $22.21 to $30 an hour, shifting MBTA operators from the lowest paid to the highest paid in the transportation industry. 

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August 1, 2023
Unpacking California’s Transit Budget: A Huge Victory, But an Unfinished Fight

Sebastian Petty and Laura Tolkoff from SPUR - a Bay-Area research and policy nonprofit - break down what's contained in Governor Newsom's 2023-2024 budget and what it means for California transit riders.

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July 25, 2023
New TransitCenter Report: To Solve Workforce Challenges Once and For All, Transit Agencies Must Put People First

TransitCenter’s new report, “People First” examines the current challenges facing public sector human resources that limit hiring and retention, and outlines potential solutions to rethink this critical agency function.

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