transit

Could transit service cuts be responsible for declining ridership?

By Rayla Bellis It is no secret that transit ridership has declined in recent years in many cities in the U.S. after years of increases. Ridership dropped by 2.5 percent nationwide from 2016 to 2017. While some have speculated that this decline is due to decreasing gas prices or competition from

Federal bill continues support for transportation programs

By Alex Beckmann The new federal “omnibus” appropriation bill, enacted March 23, provides over $86 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation, a record funding amount and an increase of almost $10 billion from U.S. DOT’s FY ‘17 funding levels. Road, transit, and rail programs all

Livable arterials, not necessarily an oxymoron

By Eric Sundquist Perhaps nowhere is the conflict between mobility and livability more apparent than along arterials. One problem in improving livability is that, while practitioners have multiple well-established standards for mobility, they have none for livability. Since “what gets measured,

Wisconsin’s millennial-recruiting pitch falls flat

By Eric Sundquist Here at SSTI Central in Wisconsin, we enjoy a good-natured joke at our southern neighbors’ expense. But now it’s the Flatlanders’ turn to laugh, at a new Cheesehead State ad campaign, which turns out to be about as hapless as Jay Cutler’s QB career. The campaign features

Chicago to use TNC fees to improve ‘L’ service

By Brian Lutenegger Chicago was the first U.S. jurisdiction to collect a per-ride charge from ride-hailing passengers. Now, Chicago and its transit authority are earmarking a recent increase in that fee to transit improvements and have just announced the specific locations of the projects. Other

Increases in vehicle ownership enlighten southern California’s decrease in public transit ridership

By Logan Dredske Although national transit ridership has remained steady over the last decade, ridership in Southern California has been on the decline (Figure 1). The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released a report offering explanations for why transit ridership has been

Lessons from the mixed success of microtransit

By Eric Sundquist Partly responding to the current downturn in transit ridership—some driven by transportation network companies’ competition—transit systems have begun to experiment with TNC-like services. Generically called “microtransit,” such systems have a lot in common with

How land use and access to transit impact taxi demand

By Rayla Bellis Significant research and debate in recent years have surrounded the impacts of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft on transportation systems: whether they reduce the need for personal vehicles, how they contribute to or reduce congestion, and how they impact transit

Multimodal transportation and income equity fit hand-in-glove

By Beth Osborne One recent study finds that cities offering diverse transportation options have the lowest income inequality, while another study finds that transit systems may begin to struggle as lower income families are pushed away from the city center. These works demonstrate that preserving

NACTO releases Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

By Robbie Webber The National Association of City Transportation Officials has released a guide for cities to prepare for a future with autonomous vehicles. Unlike their previous design guides for bikeways, transit, storm water, and overall streets, this blueprint does not present specific design