Old Guard, New Direction?  
Jul 02, 2018

The latest in our series of diversity, representation, and equity of opportunity in transit institutions: a rare advocacy battle waged in Portland, OR over selection of a transit agency CEO. Read More

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Access Provided: How to Begin

Here we outline the institutional areas at the MTA in most urgent need of reform; sustained and measurable progress on these issues will send a strong signal to riders that it really is a new day for accessible subways in New York.

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Transit-Oriented Development is More Transit-Oriented When It’s Affordable Housing

Our latest Ridership Initiative guest post about equitable transit-oriented development comes to us from Eleni Bardaka, an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, and John Hersey, a senior TOD associate at Denver’s RTD.

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SFMTA’s Experiment with Real-Time Information

The SFMTA is undertaking an ambitious new program to improve real-time information for transit customers, making it easier to choose transit in one of the nation’s most diverse mobility ecosystems

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Increasing Transit’s Market Share: An Interview with the MBTA’s Laurel Paget-Seekins

This Ridership Initiative post, an interview with MBTA Director of Fare Policy and Analytics Laurel Paget-Seekins, is our latest showcasing the voices of transit agency staff who are working to understand and respond to declining ridership in their system.

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Transit, But For Other People

As we recently found, the demographics of most transit agency boards don’t match that of their riders. But some of the effects of this mismatch could be ameliorated if board members are at least consistent users of the systems they oversee.

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Service Matters: Examining Ridership Trends in 25 North American Cities Over Time

While many factors influence transit ridership, a study from McGill University highlights the most important one: cities must properly fund their public transit operations, especially bus services, to ensure a steady increase in ridership.

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DART May Have Met its Match in New Dallas Transportation Heavyweight Michael Rogers

Dallas transit riders continue to pay a premium price for service that doesn’t get them where they need to go, but relief may be in store with the appointment of Michael Rogers as director of the newly-formed Dallas Department of Transportation.

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Flex V. Fixed: An Experiment in On-Demand Transit

AC Transit has launched an on-demand transit pilot as part of an effort to address declining ridership, improve service quality, and redesign its network in low-density, low-demand areas.

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