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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.

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…

December 10, 2019
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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.

September 30, 2019
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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.

Transit Tool
August 15, 2019
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From New Jersey to Denver to Los Angeles, transit agencies across the US are experiencing an alarming bus operator shortage.

July 3, 2019
Cover for the Bus Stop Balancing report Bus Stop Balancing
A Campaign Guide for Agency Staff

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to speed up bus trips is by extending the average distance between bus stops, otherwise known as bus stop balancing.

Transit Tool
April 1, 2019
Image for: Green New Deal + Transit Green New Deal + Transit
in 4 steps

Federal transportation policy in the US has largely failed to produce useful transit. While the lion’s…

Transit Tool
February 19, 2019
Image for: Who Rules Transit? Who Rules Transit?
Does the workforce at your transit agency reflect its riders?

In addition to being service providers, transit agencies are major employers. But the demographics of transit…

February 11, 2019
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How to Win Back America’s Transit Riders

This report draws on results from focus groups and a survey of 1,700 transit riders in…

January 17, 2019
Image for: Voting is the Easy Part Voting is the Easy Part
Why LA’s Measure M hasn’t led to greater transit use

In 2016 Los Angelenos approved Measure M, a ½-cent sales tax increase that will raise $120…

December 17, 2018
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A Shared Agenda for Public Agencies and Transit Application Developers

High quality transit data that digitally depicts, in real-time, schedules, route networks, vehicle locations, fare structures, and ridership patterns makes...