Transit

The BRT Standard (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2012)

The BRT Standard is an effort by leading technical experts to come to a common understanding of what constitutes internationally recognized best practice in Bus Rapid Transit system design. The best BRT systems are ones that combine efficiency and sustainability with passenger comfort and

Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development, and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

This report presents a blueprint for revitalizing specific neighborhoods within the Chicago urban area by focusing on the transit and rail networks already in place. It calls for investment in the places with the best chance of success that can create the greatest value, strengthen the regional

Complete Streets: We Can Get There from Here (ITE, 2008)

This report explains the Complete Streets movement and assesses ways to make urban thoroughfares more pedestrian and bike friendly without compromising existing automobile travel. Download the full report here.

Reinventing the Urban Interstate: A New Paradigm for Multimodal Corridors (TRB, 2011)

This report’s objectives are to evaluate the potential for rehabbing and rebuilding sections of interstate highways in urbanized areas to serve multimodal transportation facilities and to develop strategies to implement these plans. Download the full report here.

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.

Understanding Transit Ridership Demand for a Multi-Destination, Multimodal Transit Network in an American Metropolitan Area: Lessons for Increasing Choice Ridership While Maintaining Transit Dependent Ridership (Mineta Transp. Inst, 2012)

A new study of Atlanta by Mineta Transportation Institute examines the needs of riders in a multi-modal, multi-destination transit system. Recommendations could help other cities improve both efficiency and ridership of  their 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.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Employment (CTOD, 2011)

An exploration of the relationship between transit and job concentrations in evolving regions, in order to emphasize the importance of the destination side of the trip for both transit operations and land use planning in station areas. Download TOD and Employment