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

Google’s incomplete information affects transit ridership

By Brian Lutenegger Google Maps has transformed how people get around, making it relatively simple for even a first-time visitor to navigate a new city. But there is one area where Google Maps fails: if there are transit options that haven’t published their data in the General Transit Feed

Why hasn’t Denver seen an increase in transit ridership?

By Rayla Bellis Denver, CO, has one of the top transit systems west of the Mississippi today, thanks to major investments that have drastically expanded the regional transit network over the past decade. The region currently boasts the eighth largest rail system nationwide despite being the

Free bike share for transit users

By Logan Dredske Increasing bike share usage and improving first- and last-mile connections are the goals of Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s updated bike share program. It is receiving an update thanks to its partnership with Port Authority, the city’s transit authority. Healthy Ride 2.0 lets