Could Non-Profit Ownership Be the Solution to Transit Funding Woes?

A scholar and former New York City planner has an interesting idea for improving the financial state of America's often beleaguered public transit systems: let non-profits run them instead of public agencies. Eric Jaffe explains his reasoning.

"The difficulties of fixing transit funding have occupied some top minds in recent years," writes Jaffe. "Count New York City planner turned Stanford University scholar Rohit T. Aggarwala among them. In the summer issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Aggarwala argues that inefficient public sector management is at the root of public transportation troubles."

"For that reason, he says, U.S. transit systems would be far better off run by non-profit groups than by government — especially commuter lines..."

Aggarwala identifies three key advantages to such a transition, explains Jaffe: a clearer mission, political autonomy, and access to new revenue. 

Full Story: The Case for Letting Nonprofits Run Public Transit

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95