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April 27, 2022
How Much Service did the Largest Transit Agencies Run in 2021?

In this post, we’re drilling down into 2021 service levels across mode in the seven highest ridership cities to see the choices agencies are making about how to allocate service, as well as to gauge the impact operator shortages are having. 

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March 9, 2022
Lessons From the Roll-Out of LA Metro’s NextGen Bus Network Redesign

Agencies implementing bus network redesigns have to effectively communicate to riders how route changes will affect them.

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February 4, 2022
Invest in Transit Equity, Invest in Transit Workers

The national transit operator and maintenance worker shortage is nothing less than an emergency, resulting in cuts to transit service affecting millions of riders.

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July 21, 2021
No Go Zone: Behind the Plan to Shrink the Bus System in Denton, Texas

Thousands of riders’ daily mobility needs may soon hinge on a dubious business model that has performed poorly in other places. The promises of cheap fares, shorter waits, and lower costs only hold up when few people use the system and transit workers are devalued.

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July 8, 2021
Three Challenges Facing Transit Agencies Emerging From the Pandemic  

What comes next as transit agencies strive to bring service back and deliver what riders need in 2021 and beyond? In a series of posts based on interviews with transit agency staff, TransitCenter will outline the challenges and opportunities facing the transit industry as it recovers from the pandemic.

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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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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 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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