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.

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

1982 White House Federalism Initiative – Jan. 25 Draft

April 16, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is the internal White House summary of President Reagan’s “New Federalism...

Volatile Revenues For Transportation Trust Funds: A Cautionary Tale

(Ed. Note: ETW was researching efforts to provide a permanent, dedicated funding stream for federal mass transit programs in the 96th...

The Transportation President

Despite the fact that we are about 600 days away from the actual election, another Presidential campaign is underway. While this could...

White House Transmits New GROW AMERICA Bill to Congress

March 30, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration transmitted the 2015 version of its GROW AMERICA surface transportation reauthorization...

1977 President Carter Handwritten Note to Sec. Adams Opposing New Subway Systems

March 24, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week first came to light this week in 1977, when President Carter sent a...

The Politics of Infrastructure: Balancing User Fees and Value Capture

BY RICK RYBECK* Just Economics, LLC On November 23rd, “60 Minutes” broadcast an episode about crumbling infrastructure in the...

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16, 2016 Today’s ETW Document of the week is a memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written 53 years...

1972 Highway Bill “No Bill” Strategy Memo

March 12, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week again revisits the Nixon Administration. In October 1972, House and Senate...

Houston has a shiny, new bus network

Over the past decade, Houston has invested a significant amount of resources in public transit. Most notably a new 12.8-mile light rail...

Choose Your Own Transportation Future: Thoughts on USDOT’s Beyond Traffic

BY MARLA WESTERVELT Policy Analyst In recent years the American public has been inundated with crumbling infrastructure headlines...

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