From the Editors

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Dual roles in transit: Other duties as assigned

Many of us often have to wear different hats in our jobs. One school transportation director may become a crossing guard for a day. Another may manage building services over the summer. What about in the world of public transit?

Reports can only help public transit's case

A new National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study solidifies what the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Savings Report has been telling us for years now: riding public transportation can save users money.

Is the future of transit free?

Protests in Brazil over fare hikes have sparked authors at The Economist and Slate magazine to put in their two cents on the future of fares. They contend that they are costly to collect and that transit systems may be more effective at cutting traffic congestion and improving service if they were fare-free. Could that ever happen in the U.S.?

Transit agencies should take advantage of 'Dump the Pump Day'

June 20 will mark the 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

My APTA Bus Roadeo Experience

Driving a bus never looked easy. Living in California and being stuck in my car as much as I am, I’ve always had tremendous respect for the men and women who operate buses on a daily basis. So, when the call came that I would get my shot to drive in Sunday’s APTA Bus Roadeo, I was both excited and nervous.

In 'Keeping Them Honest,' truth not necessary to 'report' on rail

High-speed rail projects across the U.S. were subject to a recent hatchet job on CNN, courtesy of Anderson Cooper and a reporter who hid several key facts, making the projects seem like a waste of money for something nobody wants.

Building public transportation’s next generation

As more and more transit workers retire, the ranks are thinning. What’s being done about it today will ensure a robust, innovative transportation workforce for tomorrow. The FTA and APTA are stepping up development of the next generation of public transportation workers and leaders. What is your agency or workplace doing to advance workforce development for the next generation?

Transit going the extra mile to accommodate cyclists

This summer, there seemed to be an uptick in transit agencies working to offer more services to bicyclists. Was this just because of the summer, when more people are out and about on their bikes, or is there a larger movement afoot in how people travel and commute with transit?

Bus and rail riders: Same system, separate worlds?

L.A. Metro’s latest annual customer survey shows a distinct divide between riders using only the bus or exclusively rail, and reveals some income, gender and race differences. Is it just an L.A. thing?

Amid heat wave, L.A. transit center to combat global warming

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority is nearly finished revamping a transit center, making it LEED-certified and much more environmentally-friendly. It will mitigate traffic congestion, accommodate more riders and make commuting even easier for bikers.


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