Bus Riders

A pair of recent articles examine what it’s like to use public transit every day, year after year. One examines the mechanics of on-time delivery and service—the other, the unwritten rules of ridership.
Mar 5, 2014   Greater Greater Washington
A recent article by Amanda Hess examines whether cities like Los Angeles should be "funneling serious resources" towards attracting discretionary commuters. The article has spurred significant debate.
Jul 11, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
Marie Cusick reports on a community driven effort to bring bus service to a challenged neighborhood in Albany, New York.
Apr 8, 2012   NPR
Many Cubans encounter difficulties in traveling throughout Havana as well as the entire country.
Feb 3, 2011   The Huffington Post
A couple of weeks ago, I was on a bus in Chicago and noticed something that I had not noticed before- that how you paid to get on the bus affected how long you took to get on the bus.  Blog Post
Aug 13, 2010   By Michael Lewyn
As I began to type this, I was on a Greyhound bus somewhere in southern Ontario, on the first leg of my return from Toronto (where I have spent the past year getting an extra degree) to the United States.  As I type, it occurs to me to ask Blog Post
Jun 22, 2010   By Michael Lewyn
Wealthier transit riders demand more expensive rail services and commute at peak hours; the poor commute using all modes, at all hours. Eric A. Morris argues that the MTA's new policy of off-peak pricing would help even out the inequity.
Nov 16, 2009   NYTimes: Freakonomics Blog
One reason why buses are less popular than trains is buses' lack of "legibility": the ability of an occasional passenger to figure out how to get somewhere by bus. While subway or light rail passengers can look at a system map (which is usually present on a station wall) and figure out that a train to destination X shall arrive at their station reasonably soon, bus passengers typically have to invest time in getting schedules, and then pray that the schedule has not changed. Blog Post
Aug 26, 2009   By Michael Lewyn
Municipal Railway officials in San Francisco recently unveiled a proposal to remove a certain amount of bus and street car stops.
Jun 13, 2009   San Francisco Chronicle
A local leader in the suburban Maryland/Washington DC area proposes aggressive use of "rapid buses" in dedicated lanes to accommodate growth, like other jurisdictions in the U.S.
Dec 14, 2008   Washington Post
<p>In Salt Lake City, advocates for bus riders have asked the state attorney general to investigate whether the Utah Transit Authority has skewed its ridership figures to gain public support for major investments, which they say is a misuse of funding.</p>
Mar 26, 2008   The Salt Lake Tribune