Transit Rider Engagement and Transit Policy Momentum
This project aims to capitalize on the momentum gained in the last few years to create a region in which taking transit enables full access to jobs, education, health care, and other needs that ensure the equitable, thriving community that all residents deserve. That means consistently improving access to economic opportunity, reduced travel times, and an ever-more accessible and growing regional transit system.
Building Ridership and Equity from the Ground Up: Pittsburgh’s Riders’ Vision for Public Transit
This year, Pittsburghers for Public Transit is proposing systemic change to PAAC’s process of decision-making, by insisting that riders, bus operators and other stakeholders be collaborators from the start. We are using the Port Authority’s RFP for a mobile fare payment app as a test case, by putting forward rider suggestions for the RFP and insisting that riders be part of the selection body to determine the most effective and equitable transit fare app. This dovetails with our larger fare equity campaign, as our existing fare payment systems have limitations that disproportionately penalize low-income riders and families that the mobile fare payment app could help address. In addition, with our greater set of campaign planks laid out in our Riders’ Vision for Public Transit, we are calling on the Port Authority to collaborate with riders on tangible improvements to the system, including extending our dedicated busway network, linking transit policy with affordable housing policy, and implementing free transfers and fare capping.
30x30 Rider Network: Redefining Rapid, Bringing the City Together
SFTR will to take advantage of the current climate in SF to propose a 30×30 Rider Network. This project will have riders redefine what rapid Muni service means. With this 30x30R campaign, SFTR will demonstrate the potential of a network of rapid transit lines that would truly tie the districts together into one accessible city; rapid lines that can be traveled end-to-end in 30 minutes by the year 2030.
Transit Justice through Community Organizing
The popular conception of Oregon’s policy environment is one of environmentally-friendly outcomes. Our continued push to link equity and climate resilience to smart transportation investments seeks to harness this popular attitude into real action on behalf of state, regional and local decision-makers. We see a high potential to drive equitable outcomes across policy areas, as well as improve air quality, increase livability for our citizens, and decrease carbon output for the future of our world.
Just Make it Work: Moving Transit Solutions and Policy Forward in Miami-Dade County
Granted $75,000 to Transit Alliance to change the dominant transit narrative in Miami-Dade County by getting city and county officials, as well as local residents back to basics. A campaign educating these groups on exactly how transit works and what successful transit needs will be critical for bringing about more grounded and realistic conversations and action. Likewise, Transit Alliance Miami (TA Miami) seeks to showcase how relatively simple improvements like increased frequency and reliability in bus service can serve more riders and attract ridership, in lieu of exorbitant spending on massive new rail projects.
Getting Boston on Board: Fixing and Expanding Boston’s Bus System
Granted $80,000 to Livable Streets to build a system that matches Boston’s ambition to be a world class city, LivableStreets will:
- Hold the City of Boston accountable, ensuring that it does not lose momentum or backtrack.
- Create a vision for bus service expansion and a pathway for achieving that vision.
- Continue to build a coalition of riders and elected officials who are ready to fight for better bus service.
Back on the Bus/Fair Fares Chicago
Granted $105,000 to Active Transportation Alliance for the third year of their “Back on the Bus” bus advocacy campaign in Chicago.