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February 5, 2019
What Fast Forward Means for New Yorkers — Less Time on the Train, More Time for Everything Else

How much time will New Yorkers save from the subway signal improvements in the MTA’s Fast Forward plan?

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January 28, 2019
Should Transit Be Free?

Fare-free transit has lately been floated as a panacea for solving any number of society’s ills. But is it the best end goal for advocates and policymakers?

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January 23, 2019
Billions for Transit is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Since 1980, residents of Los Angeles have voted four times to tax themselves to fund transportation projects, including rail lines that were supposed to transform LA into America’s next great transit city. But speculation about the impending liberation of LA from car dependence and congestion is premature, to say the least.

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January 9, 2019
Why Decriminalize Fare Evasion?

An increasing number of agencies like San Francisco’s MTA, TriMet in Portland, and Seattle’s King County Metro are ushering a new paradigm by decriminalizing fare evasion and developing equitable fare enforcement strategies.

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November 12, 2018
The El-Evaders

A TransitCenter review of MTA/New York City Transit elevator performance data found that eight of New York City’s wealthiest real estate owners are shirking their legal obligation to maintain and operate their subway station elevators at stations adjacent to their properties.

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October 24, 2018
Make Gold-Plated LIRR Project Work For NYC Neighborhoods

A major capacity increase for New York’s commuter rail system is on the horizon, in the form of the LIRR’s pending connection to Grand Central Terminal. NYC leaders seeking more for the city from the railroad system should wage a fight over how that capacity will be allocated before it’s too late.  

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October 16, 2018
Transit Job Requirement Drives Applicants Away

Public transportation allows people to get around without cars. It seems counterintuitive, then, that many transit agencies require job applicants to have a valid driver’s license even when driving isn’t expected as part of their duties.

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October 11, 2018
Why Bus Stops Matter

As TransitCenter’s latest report, “From Sorry to Superb: Everything You Need to Know About Better Bus Stops” chronicles, nearly half of all public transit rides in the US begin at a bus stop. Yet our bus stops are woefully underfunded.

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August 17, 2018
Fare Capping: A Formula For Fairer Fares

For riders facing fare hikes, fare capping can soften the blow.

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