transit

To improve transit in U.S., improve regional coordination: Lessons from across the pond

By Mary Ebeling Recent work out of Virginia Tech compares approaches in large metropolitan regions in Europe and the U.S., seeking to identify best practices for improving regional transit service. Case study examples for Europe include regional public transport associations—Verkehrsverbünde,

Linking Transit Agencies and Land Use Decision Making: Guidebook for Transit Agencies (TRB, 2016)

Land use decisions play a key role in shaping the long-term success of virtually every transit system in the United States. Organizations other than transit agencies hold the responsibility and authority for integrating land use and transit. However, transit agencies can influence the framework

Transportation network companies, public transit eye steps toward integrated mobility

By Mary Ebeling Transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and Bridj continue to aggressively pursue the development of new markets, lately through partnerships with transit agencies eager to close that first and last mile gap. These partnerships promise to effectively increase

Expanded transit tax incentive can’t compete with the lure of subsidized parking

By Mary Ebeling Many municipalities have goals of improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and increasing transit use. The federal government asserts similar goals. However, until recently federal policies providing greater tax breaks to car commuters than transit commuters have

New technology helps avoid bus-pedestrian crashes

By Mary Ebeling A simple Google search on “pedestrian transit bus collisions” yields dozens of results, showing these tragedies are all too common. Many of the crashes involve left-turning bus operators reporting not seeing pedestrians in the crosswalk. A new warning system being tested in

Shared-Use Mobility Reference Guide (Shared-Use Mobility Center, 2016)

This reference guide is intended to provide government, business and community leaders with an introduction to shared-use mobility and help prepare them to address the rapid changes currently taking place in cities across the nation. Far beyond on-call services such as Uber and Lyft, shared-use

How a Chicago suburb became car-lite and lessons for other communities

By Robbie Webber In a provocatively titled article—The Suburb That Tried to Kill the Car—Politico digs into how the Chicago suburb of Evanston reinvented itself through transit-oriented development. With side trips to Curitiba, Brazil and Chicago, as well as examples from other U.S. cities,

Quantifying Transit’s Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Use—The Land Use Component (TRB, 2015)

Transit often fails to get the credit it deserves for reducing traffic and emissions. In most U.S. cities, transit’s mode share is in the single digits, so the direct effect of ridership seems small. And while it’s clear that even in places with low mode share transit plays a role in raising

New tool estimates transit’s effect on VMT and emissions

By Eric Sundquist Transit often fails to get the credit it deserves for reducing traffic and emissions. In most U.S. cities, transit’s mode share is in the single digits, so the direct effect of ridership seems small. And while it’s clear that even in places with low mode share transit plays

To cut automobile travel, locate jobs near transit

By Chris McCahill When people live and work near transit stations, transportation service providers have a much easier job of providing essential first- and last-mile connections. While both ends of the trip matter, the location of jobs may be more important to consider in cutting automobile