Transit Investment

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The U.S. Lags in High-Quality Transit Investment

While other countries are boosting investment in their light and heavy rail systems, transit projects in U.S. cities have slowed, signaling diminished commitment to transit expansion.

January 25, 2023 - the transport politic

Chicago Street

Recommendations for the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Program

The Capital Investment Grants program should focus on improving service on heavily-used lines, expanding access to jobs and amenities, and increasing multimodal accessibility.

October 21, 2021 - TransitCenter

Bus Schedule

A Decade of Transit Investments, Quantified

Yonah Freemark gives less-than-stellar marks for the transit investments of U.S. cities in the 2010s.

January 8, 2020 - theTransportPolitic

Dunwoody, Georgia

MARTA Launches Station Overhaul, Calls For $100B Transit Investment

CEO and General Manager Jeffrey Park urged a "moonshot for transit" to keep up with population growth over the next 40 years.

January 17, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

MARTA Green Line

Op-Ed: More MARTA Should Mean Less Poverty

With $2.5 billion in new transit funding generated by a half-cent sales tax, Atlanta has choices about the future of its public transit systems. One advocate says investments should target economic mobility for low-income communities.

September 1, 2018 - SaportaReport

Miami-Dade Transit

Transit Debate Coming to a Head Soon in Miami-Dade

A new network of buses, designed with the bus priority features, has been proposed in Miami. The catch: it would come at the expense of a promised rail extension program.

July 12, 2018 - Miami Herald

Atlanta Bus Parody

Atlanta Suburbs Reconsidering Public Transit

A sweeping set of bill approved by the State legislature could pave the way for a "transformational" investment in public transit throughout the Atlanta region.

April 13, 2018 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sound Transit

Evaluating Two Years of Transit Investment in Seattle

Two funding sources for transit investments approved by Seattle voters in 2014 are paying dividends in 2017 in the form of improved, expanded service.

November 9, 2017 - The Urbanist


San Francisco's Muni Has a New $21 Billion, 20-Year Capital Plan

Some surprises and lots of blue-sky thinking are revealed in the new capital plan for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

August 15, 2017 - San Francisco Examiner

Miami Tourism

Miami Mayor Rescinds Rail Investment Promises

Mayor Gimenez is citing frugality as the reason behind a decision that favors bus rapid transit over an earlier proposal for new rail lines.

July 22, 2017 - The Miami Herald

Salt Lake City Trax and Bike

Debating the Local-Federal Transit Funding Mix

Devolution—or the end of federal funding for local or regional transit projects—is back on the table, thanks to the Trump Administration. Articles in two prominent media outlets debate the idea.

April 4, 2017 - The Overhead Wire


Today: BART Goes Farther South Than Ever Before

As it has promised for years, Bay Area Rapid Transit today opens the Warm Springs/South Fremont extension of the regional rail transit system. The first train departs at the station at 5:48 am, and the first train arrives at 7:04 am.

March 25, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle

Tampa Bay Hasn't Invested in Public Transit, and it Shows

In terms of travel times, jobs, and facilities, Tampa Bay ranks last or close to last in every category that measures public transit service and spending.

February 24, 2017 - Tampa Bay Times

TOD Sign

Smart Growth America, FTA Offer Assistance in Making the Most of TOD

Technical assistance is coming to five U.S. cities thanks to the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance Initiative.

December 13, 2016 - Smart Growth America

Los Angeles Metro

Los Angeles Metro Releases First Quality of Life Report

Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.

June 8, 2016 - The Source

Columbus Political Leadership Wants a New Transit Plan

Columbus, Ohio is expected to grow to 500,000 residents by 2050, but all recent efforts to raise the funds for a large investment in transit have stalled. The new City Council president wants to try again.

February 1, 2016 - Columbus Business First

Seattle Light Rail Construction

A Map of the Country's Transit Pipeline

The new Transit Explorer tool offers a new way to visualize the scale of the country's transit infrastructure investments. Spoiler alert: 2016 will be a big year.

January 8, 2016 - the transport politic

Minneapolis Celebration

Why Is Minneapolis Growing Faster Than Chicago?

The data shows Minneapolis recovered from the recession more quickly than Chicago. And its growth rates continue to surpass those of its larger neighbor. Why did this happen, and which policies deserve credit?

April 22, 2015 - Metropolitan Planning Council

Fall Sprawl

Study: Transit, Density Can't Overcome Sprawl on Carbon Emissions

A new study explains how building new transit and density along transit corridors isn't enough alone to reduce carbon emissions in metropolitan areas.

April 8, 2015 - Climate Central

Seattle Light Rail Construction

Transit Projects to Watch in 2015

The Transport Politic provides its seventh annual list of major transit investments, finding an enormous amount of effort and funds going into improving transportation systems around North America.

January 6, 2015 - the transport politic

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