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Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin’s Project Connect Transit Plan Drastically Reduced

The details of drastic reductions to the proposed building program for Austin’s Project Connect long-range transit plan are now open for public comment.

March 23, 2023 - KUT

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‘Bus Revolution’ Revised in Philadelphia

The bus system redesign underway in Philadelphia changed direction after riders and local politicians complained about an initial draft plan.

March 23, 2023 - WHYY

A light rail train waits at the Downtown Long Beach station with a sign that reads “Long Beach” to declare its route to riders.

Long Beach Residents Oppose Proposed Homeless Services Hub Near Rail Terminus

L.A. Metro’s “end-of-the-line” policy forces people experiencing homeless off transit every night at the same time and location. A proposed hub would provide services a few stops before the end of the line in Long Beach.

March 22, 2023 - Long Beach Post

Seattle Transit

Fare Enforcement Upheld by Washington Supreme Court

But using armed police to enforce fare payment is less than ideal in the eyes of the top court in the state of Washington.

March 21, 2023 - Crosscut

A homeless encampment is set up outside a transit station, next to bike share stations and a ticket dispenser.

The Deepening Transit Crisis: L.A. Times Reports Drug Use on Transit

An article by the L.A. Times earlier this week has raised the temperature of the debate about drug users and crime on rail transit. Concerns about public safety on transit are a common symptom of post-pandemic transit around the country.

March 17, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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Panel Rejects LaGuardia AirTrain, Recommends Better Buses

The recommendations issued by a panel of experts concluded that bus improvements could serve travelers sooner and more cost-effectively than the proposed AirTrain rail line.

March 16, 2023 - Crain's New York Business

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Revisions Looming, Austin’s Project Connect Reveals the Obstacles of Transit Planning in 2023

A once sprawling and singularly ambitious capital investment plan for the Capital Metro system will soon be reduced in size and scope. The episode is more evidence of an emerging era of transit planning austerity.

March 15, 2023 - TransitCenter

Dallas Transit

Tensions Rise Between Dallas and Rapid Transit Agency

The city is accusing DART of mismanagement of tax revenue that the agency had pledged to return to the city for infrastructure investments.

March 15, 2023 - D Magazine

The inaugural ride of the new R211 subway cars in the New York Subway.

Fancy New Subway Cars Join the New York Subway System

New York has been planning on adding these new subway cars for years, finally achieving their goal in March 2023. More than a thousand of the new R211 trains will be running in New York within two years if all goes according to plan.

March 15, 2023 - Gothamist

BART Station

The Perilous Future of Bay Area Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit, a hugely successful system pre-pandemic, is now struggling to close a massive projected budget gap, with no certain solutions on the table.

March 14, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

MARTA Station

MARTA Scales Back Expansion Plans

Atlanta’s transit agency is slowing its plans to extend its bus and rail lines, prompting criticism from city officials.

March 13, 2023 - Saporta Report

Two Chicago transit operators standing in front of a bus and smiling at the camera

Transit Workforce Dashboard Promotes Employment in Public Transit

A new online tool aims to help transit agencies recruit and retain workers.

March 10, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Chicago Transit Authority

With Travel Behavior Still in Flux, Transit Ridership Projections are Harder to Make

Transit agencies use complex models to predict future ridership, but these have not yet caught up with the still-changing post-pandemic travel needs of transit users.

March 9, 2023 - Governing

Rainy night in the big city, people standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus. View from the level of asphalt, in blue tones

‘Request Stops’ Make Bus Travel Safer and More Convenient, but Most Riders and Drivers are Unaware of Them

Many U.S. transit agencies have policies allowing riders to request dropoffs between stops, but fail to publicize them to passengers and operators.

March 6, 2023 - Next City

Young man wearing headphones and holding a coffee cup standing on a city bus

The Future of Public Transit: The Bus

The solution to making public transit better doesn’t lie in technological innovations or hyper-modern trains, but in investing in one of its simplest tools.

March 6, 2023 - The Conversation

A New York MTA drives down the straight under elevated train tracks in the Bronx in New York City

Changes to Local Service in the Bronx Benefit Bus Speeds, Ridership

Another example of how improving bus service design can benefit transit riders and transit systems emerges in New York City. More such local system redesigns are on the way soon in the Big Apple.

March 3, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

Vacant vintage Streamline Moderne blue and white Greyhound station in Jackson, Tennessee

Intercity Buses Face Station Closures and Labor Shortage

The closure of many former Greyhound bus terminals is making intercity bus travel more inconvenient for the riders who depend on it.

March 2, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Close-up view of empty bus from behind seat. Seats have blue upholstery

Public Transit’s Existential Crisis

U.S. transit systems are still scrambling to find alternate funding sources and adjust their service to new needs as ridership remains below pre-pandemic levels.

March 1, 2023 - Governing

Smiling mother and child on busy public bus wearing Covid-19 protective masks

Making Transit More Family-Friendly

Public transit can often be inconvenient or unsafe for people with children in strollers and riders traveling for purposes other than commuting. Agencies are working on ways to fix that.

February 28, 2023 - Next City

View of empty concourse at Grand Central Madison train station in New York City

Grand Central Madison Trains Fully Operational

The station is the nation’s first new major rail terminal in over half a century.

February 28, 2023 - Mass Transit

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