transit

Post-COVID travel patterns—a survey by the MassINC Polling Group

By Saumya Jain In a recent public opinion survey conducted by the MassINC Polling Group, Massachusetts residents expected to travel less in the future due to COVID-19’s impact. However, many residents expect to increase their trips by car and decrease trips by transit. A majority of residents

“Spillover” effects reinforce VMT effects from transit and parking subsidies

By Eric Sundquist We know that employer-provided free parking tends to increase auto-commute trips and that employer-provided transit passes tend to reduce auto-commute trips. Research is less clear about the effect on vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), however, in part because we don’t know whether

Researchers look at the transportation future as the country reopens

By Robbie Webber As the economy recovers from COVID-19, how can we emerge with a better, stronger, and more resilient transportation system? Three recent reports analyzing the impact of the pandemic on transportation and personal attitudes toward transportation may offer some clues. Vanderbilt

In the midst of nationwide transit service cuts, more than one million rural households do not have a car

By Rayla Bellis Many transit agencies have been forced to drastically scale back services due to rapidly declining revenues, and rural providers are no exception. Many were already operating on incredibly tight budgets, serving large geographic areas with a small staff of part-time drivers. While

Voters across the political spectrum want better transportation options and improved transit

By Rayla Bellis Polling data collected in November and released in March by Data for Progress, Transportation for America, TransitCenter, and other partners show voters want better transportation options across geographic and party lines. The results indicate that a majority of voters wish they

The relationship between bus stop amenities, ridership, and paratransit demand

By Saumya Jain Can improvements in the amenities at individual transit stops both increase bus ridership and decrease the demand for paratransit? Apparently so, as a study from the University of Utah shows. Between 2013-2016, the Utah Transportation Authority invested in improving infrastructure

Transit also in need of federal stimulus support

By Eric Sundquist Pictures of parked airplanes and dire warnings from airlines seem to have dominated the coronavirus-stimulus conversation around transportation. But just as the bottom has fallen out of the of the air travel market, so it has for local and regional transit and intercity rail

Commuters won’t drive far to access park-and-ride

By Chris McCahill People using park-and-ride (PNR) stations don’t seem to mind a longer overall commute, according to new research, as long as the station is close to home. In other words, it’s probably better to think of park-and-ride lots more like local feeders than as regional access

Neighborhood perspectives on gentrification around light rail in Denver

By Rayla Bellis Recent research in Denver aimed to provide a more nuanced answer to the question of how light rail and transit-oriented development have contributed to gentrification. While previous studies have looked at this issue quantitatively, in this case the researchers analyzed

Bicycle commuters experience joy, but motorists would rather teleport

By Rayla Bellis Not everyone hates their commute, according to recent research by Patrick Singleton and Prasanna Humagain of Utah State University. While drivers and transit riders would prefer to teleport to work if they had the option, the majority of cyclists and pedestrians surveyed would