Capacity building initiatives for agencies and leaders

About our Initiatives

We train leaders, board members, and agency staff to build useful transit. Our research and national opinion work informs our trainings and technical assistance to those taking action to improve urban mobility. As a research organization, advocate, and funder, we are setting a transportation reform agenda for the nation.

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Many of the country’s largest transit systems have seen declining ridership in recent years, but ridership trends vary significantly from city to city. Read more.

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TransitTools are a series of data and arguments for advocates furthering useful transit and vibrant cities. Check out our latest tool, a primer on the latest trend sweeping the transit industry Bus Network Redesign

And here’s a link to TransitTools #2,
Transit Ridership Recipe

And here’s a link to TransitTools #1,
Why Uber Won’t Kill Transit

Attracting a strong user base is not simply a matter of 'build transit and they will come.'
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2.5 million bus riders per day are forced to rely on service that is undependable and slow. TransitCenter has convened a coalition of advocates and civic technologists to implement proven solutions for the country’s busiest bus network. Learn more about the campaign here.

Turning around New York's bus system takes the same determination and optimism that turned the City's subway system from its greatest liability into its greatest asset.
– Gene Russianoff, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
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We are developing the performance indicators that will be used to evaluate the 11 awardees of the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program.

Yardsticks historically applied to evaluate transit service like increased ridership may not be as appropriate in today’s environment of enhanced mobility options.
-Chris Pagnilinan, Program Director
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NACTO and TransitCenter are working with the city transportation departments and transit agencies in Indianapolis, Denver, Cambridge and Oakland to use NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide to transform existing streets into great transit streets.

By linking design innovators to pathbreaking projects, the Transit Accelerator program is empowering agencies to get their best ideas on their streets, putting transit and people at the heart of our cities
-Linda Bailey, Executive Director, NACTO
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The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s All Transit Tool is the largest single centralized source of transit stop and frequency data in America. It increases the public understanding of the value of transit by measuring transit access, connectivity, and its relationship to economic indicators. Use the tool here.

Using AllTransit, transit advocates will be able to find data and statistics to support advocacy efforts with greater ease than ever before.
-Scott Bernstein, President of CNT
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TransitCenter and the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy have joined together to offer a dynamic new training program for transit agency board members.

Transit agency boards have the power—often more so than agency staff or elected officials—to craft policies and set out visions that make transit stronger and more useful.
-Stephanie Lotshaw, Program Director