Economic Impact

Equity of Evolving Transportation Finance Mechanisms (TRB, 2011)

As traditional transportation funding mechanisms increasingly struggle to pay for the construction, maintenance, and operations of state transportation systems, new mechanisms are being introduced around the country. These new mechanisms come with equity questions. This report is tasked with

Potential Impact of Gasoline Price Increases on U.S. Public Transportation Ridership, 2011-2012 (APTA, 2011)

Price increases in gasoline cause related increases in transit ridership. This report provides a model that projects future increases in transit ridership that will accompany rises in gasoline prices. Download the full report here.

Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies, 2011 Update: Survey Results (APTA, 2011)

This report summarizes the survey results from transit agencies that asked how they coped with decreased state and local funding following the recession. Download the full report here.

The Case for Business Investment in Public Transportation (APTA, 2011)

The report focuses on the state of public transportation in America, and offers analysis of issues important to private investors when they weight the potential for investment into the expansion or maintenance of a transit system. Download the full report here.

Making the Case for Transit: WMATA Regional Benefits of Transit (WMATA, 2011)

A November, 2011 report from Washington, DC makes the case for why transit is important to the region, and imagines what it would look like without transit. The WMATA web site gives a brief overview, and the full technical report can be downloaded.