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.
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.
A Decade of Transit Investments, Quantified
Yonah Freemark gives less-than-stellar marks for the transit investments of U.S. cities in the 2010s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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