Transit

Issues & Modes / Transit

Public transportation is a critical part of the economic and social fabric of metropolitan areas. While most of the nation’s 2,400 transit providers serve rural areas, almost all transit trips occur in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, which account for over 95 percent of all transit passenger miles traveled. Transit is also changing as agencies are exploring ways to redesign their networks, integration new mobility services, and ask voters to approve new investments at the ballot box.

States Work to Fill Gaps with Branded, Subsidized Intercity Bus Services

Intercity bus travel is far from novel in the United States — in fact, for much of the early-to-mid 20th century, it was the go-to...

Transportation May Be Left Out of Permitting Reform

As part of his deal with Democratic leaders to gain his support for the budget reconciliation bill, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has also...

With Buses Fare-Free, SEAT Ridership Rises

Philip Plotch, principal researcher at the Eno Center for Transportation, said public transit has benefits not only to the bus rider,...

FTA Opens Applications for Initial $343M Tranche of Transit Station Accessibility Grants

Federal transportation officials this week announced the opening of an application round for a new federal grant program that will help...

Report Details Pay, Workplace Culture, and Other Issues to Address in Bus Operator Shortage

Local, state, and federal agencies need to concertedly raise awareness about a worsening national bus operator shortage and take...

Senators Discuss IIJA’s Impacts and Opportunities for Transit Investment, Safety, Emissions

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing this week with FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez to discuss...

Opting Out of Mass Transit?

In his analysis of the impact of remote work on transit, Phil Plotch, the Eno Center for Transportation’s principal researcher,...

Public Transit Ridership is Slow to Return, Despite High Gas Prices

But that aid is finite, said Robert Puentes, who runs the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, and agencies need to get...

The Journey to Making Transportation Available to Everyone

When I think of an ideal future for transit, I envision a system that can and will be universally utilized by most, if not everyone, in...

Addressing Transportation Disparities by Embracing the Future of Mobility

The COVID-19 pandemic elevated our collective awareness of transportation disparities. Frontline workers have lower wages on average,...

The Present and the Future of Women Leading Transportation

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1977. The 8,000+ member...

States ‘Drive the Bus’ for Rural, Small Urban, & Specialized Transit… Not Just Literally!

While they do not usually operate transit, state departments of transportation (DOTs) certainly “drive the bus,” metaphorically...

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