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Report
September 22, 2021
Image for: Equity in Practice: A Guidebook for Transit Agencies Equity in Practice: A Guidebook for Transit Agencies

Transit can function as a ladder of opportunity, but it is not immune to the racism and classism embedded in American life. To address these inequities, transit agencies must look within. In this report, TransitCenter and the Center for Neighborhood Technology examine the internal structures and practices of transit agencies, and how they can be reformed to deliver better outcomes for the people with the most at stake in transit.

Report
July 12, 2021
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“Safety For All" chronicles how agencies like BART in San Francisco, TriMet in Portland, and SEPTA in Philadelphia are addressing safety concerns by hiring unarmed personnel, developing high profile anti-harassment campaigns, and better connecting vulnerable riders to housing and mental health services. These interventions also allow transit police to spend less time on “quality of life” offenses and focus more attention on the core mission of deterring violence.

Report
March 22, 2021
Image for: Do Not Track: A Guide to Data Privacy For New Transit Fare Media Do Not Track: A Guide to Data Privacy For New Transit Fare Media

Transit agencies around the country are adopting a new generation of fare payment systems. Agencies including…

Report
October 15, 2020
Image for: A Transit Agenda for the COVID-19 Emergency A Transit Agenda for the COVID-19 Emergency

Drawing on interviews with public health experts and transit agency officials, as well as a survey of more than 2,000 residents in major American cities, this brief summarizes current epidemiological knowledge about COVID-19 and transit, and explores what city dwellers think about getting back on board. This research informs recommendations to make transit service safe, effective, and appealing.

Report
September 30, 2020
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Millions of people across the country are at risk of losing access to good transit as the COVID pandemic grinds on and imposes an unprecedented fiscal crisis on the nation’s transit agencies. Without more emergency aid, transit leaders in cities like New York and Denver are warning of 40% service cuts. What would cuts of this magnitude mean for riders? To find out, TransitCenter and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) estimated the effect of service cuts in 10 regions - Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

Report
March 16, 2020
Image for: A Green New Deal for City and Suburban Transportation A Green New Deal for City and Suburban Transportation

A Green New Deal for City and Suburban Transportation lays out federal policy recommendations for reducing emissions from the transportation sector in cities and suburbs while making communities healthier, more equitable, and prosperous.

Transit Tool
February 25, 2020
Image for: Policing + Transit Policing + Transit

A growing number of transit agencies recognize that policing cannot serve as a one-size-fits-all response to crime - real or perceived.

Report
January 10, 2020
Image for: Derailed: How Nashville’s Ambitious Transit Plan Crashed at the Polls—And What Other Cities Can Learn From It Derailed: How Nashville’s Ambitious Transit Plan Crashed at the Polls—And What Other Cities Can Learn From It

In May of 2018, “Let’s Move Nashville,” a referendum to direct billions toward rail and bus…

Report
December 10, 2019
Image for: Winning Transit Winning Transit

Drawing from our experience working with transit advocates, elected officials, and agency reformers, "Winning Transit" is a guide for improving transit in your city.

Transit Tool
November 12, 2019
Image for: The Limits of Microtransit The Limits of Microtransit

With its flexible routing, microtransit can seem like the solution to longstanding first-mile/last-mile challenges. But microtransit has inherent limitations, and the results don't justify the hype.

Report
September 30, 2019
Image for: A Fare Framework: A Fare Framework:
How Transit Agencies Can Set Fare Policy Based on Strategic Goals

Agencies with strategic fare policies produce a better experience for riders, making transit more affordable, accessible, and convenient to use.