transit

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

What is ride-hailing doing to our transportation system?

By Robbie Webber A new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California–Davis delves into the effects of ride-hailing (Uber and Lyft) use on other parts of our transportation system. What they find confirms some assumptions and disproves others. Interrelationships

Offsetting loss of public transit revenue due to ride-hailing services

By Logan Dredske Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an increase in the city’s fee charged to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to offset the loss of revenue from public transit users who switched to ride-hailing services. Currently, the city charges Uber and Lyft 52 cents per