Transit Costs

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How Transportation Costs Vary Across US Cities

A new analysis reveals how annual transportation costs compare around the country.

June 12, 2024 - yahoo! Finance

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L.A. Metro Introduces Fare Capping Tech

Los Angeles transit riders who pay as they go will have their fare capped at $5 per day or $18 per week.

July 26, 2023 - Business Wire

Central Subway Construction

Report: Why U.S. Transit Projects Cost So Much

Researchers analyzed the sources of increased costs in transit projects around the world, providing recommendations for how to bring down costs and improve efficiency.

February 13, 2023 - Transit Costs Project

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Database Analyzes Global Transit Project Costs

Researchers are cataloging the costs of transit projects around the world in an attempt to identify ways to bring costs down and spend transit funding more efficiently.

November 2, 2022 - Governing

Passengers line up to board a bus at a bus rapid transit station in Indianapolis.

Bus Rapid Transit Costs More Than Double in Indianapolis

IndyGo is planning changes to the Blue Line. The city’s third bus rapid transit route is turning out to be much more expensive than originally expected.

August 30, 2022 - Indianapolis Star

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Opinion: Free Transit Opposition Is Tone Deaf

Critics of free transit programs argue that free fares may not decrease driving or fight climate change. Dr. Destiny Thomas explains why that argument ‘misses the point.’

August 24, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

New York City Subway

Transit Faces a Fiscal Cliff in New York City—Sooner Than Expected

It's like March 2020 all over again.

July 27, 2022 - The City

New York MTA subway station

MTA Misses Deadline for State-Mandated Cost Comparison to World Cities

With some of the highest per-mile costs in the world, the state wants more accountability for New York City's transit spending.

February 18, 2021 - New York Daily News

Green Line

'Bespoke' Station Design Responsible for Transit Costs Increases, Study Says

The first case study by the Transit Costs Project at New York University's Marron Institute offers a long awaited, and long necessary, glimpse into the bloated costs of construction in the United States.

January 29, 2021 - City Journal

NYC Subway Construction

More Research Needed to Reduce Transit Construction Costs

Why isn't more being done to reduce transit construction costs in the United States?

December 14, 2019 - Marginal Revolution

Uber Car

When Rideshare Serves as Transit, Success Brings Risks

Innisfil, Ontario, decided to use Uber instead of starting bus service. The program took off but so have the costs, and now cutbacks need to be made.

May 6, 2019 - CityLab


Maglev: Now Arriving in Beijing

Maglev trains are often touted for their performance in difficult conditions and their use of electric power.

September 24, 2017 - En.People.Cn

California's Low Unemployment Hides High Levels of Poverty

Because of its high cost of living, California has the nation's highest poverty level, according to the U.S. Census.

September 1, 2017 - CALmatters

Metro Fare

Bronx Pays More Than its Share for Rail Service

Higher per mile prices push, lower-income Bronx commuters to use other means of travel.

November 10, 2016 - RPA Lab

Hudson Yards Subway Station

Cut Transit Amenities, Not Service

It's important for transit to look and feel nice, if only to resurrect its deeply tarnished image in the United States. But ridership depends on good service, not good aesthetics.

May 16, 2016 - the transport politic

Why Does Transit Cost So Much to Build in the U.S.?

With Manhattan's new Second Avenue subway expected to cost five times as much as comparable projects in Europe and Asia, Stephen Smith looks to transit-construction practices from abroad for lessons on how to contain costs in America.

August 27, 2012 - Bloomberg View

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