Policy

March 20, 2020
Estimated Financial Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Transit Agencies: $26-$38 Billion Annually

We estimate that, depending on the extent of social distancing measures that are required over the next year, transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of $26-$38 billion. In this summary, we provide snapshots of current impacts on local agencies and provide two scenarios outlining the potential cumulative impact on transit agencies nationwide.

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February 21, 2020
Making Transit Work for Parents and Caregivers: The Video!

Our latest video shows how simple, affordable, and straightforward changes could make transit a safe and viable option for parents.

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February 12, 2020
Should Transit Be Free? Part Two

Why not go fareless while also working to improve service? The reason is that the household costs imposed by the absence of good transit service stand out as the much more pressing problem to address. Transit in most U.S. cities is so infrequent and unreliable that major service improvements must be priority number one.

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November 21, 2019
Transit, Not Road Expansion, Is the Top Priority for Portland Metro’s New Rep From the Western Suburbs

The Portland region is changing -- and an “all of the above” approach to transportation spending may not win out in Portland's upcoming ballot measure.

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November 4, 2019
Making Transit Work for Caregivers and Kids

Making transit accessible for caregivers with children is an overlooked but critical strategy for increasing ridership.

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October 10, 2019
How Transit Agencies Are Getting Strategic About Fare Policy

When transit agencies grapple with changes to fare prices, payment systems, and collection methods, they make decisions that affect affordability, convenience, and even travel time.

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August 22, 2019
NYC’s Fare Evasion Information Gap

In the wake of an alleged uptick in the rate of bus and subway fare evasion and concerns over assaults on transit operators, New York Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio recently agreed to assign 500 additional uniformed officers to the New York City Transit system.

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August 15, 2019
Women Changing Transportation: Tiffany-Ann Taylor

Tiffany-Ann is the Deputy Director of Freight Programs, Education and Research at the NYCDOT. We chatted with her about the challenges of managing freight movement on city streets, and the importance of diverse representation in transportation leadership positions. 

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August 8, 2019
One Year In, Austin’s Revenue-Positive Bus Network Redesign Is Gaining Riders

In June of 2018, Austin launched a redesign of its bus network. Since then, ridership has increased 4.5%, making Capital Metro one of the few transit systems in the U.S. where ridership is on the rise.

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