Bus

Study: Employer support for transit increasing in urban areas

Posted on June 3, 2013

"Bosses for Buses," a study released by Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, found that American employers are organizing and winning better public transportation in many metro areas.

Major employers such as universities, hospitals and business coalitions help explain why more than 70% of ballot initiatives for transit win.

Yet at the national level, according to the study, there is no unified corporate voice for transit, only disparate voices speaking to parts of the issue. The 2009 federal stimulus, the 2012 Surface Transportation Act reauthorization, and the January 2013 federal income tax compromise all affected transit, yet none drew a unified corporate voice for transit.

Local business coalitions — united by geography — are mostly powered by companies that depend on transit, whereas national advocacy is dominated by companies that sell to transit agencies.

The study catalogued the many businesses that support public transit and the diverse ways they express that support. Believed to be the most wide-ranging study ever published on the subject, it is available at www.goodjobsfirst.org.

"The remarkable local support for transit from so many employers is truly heartening," said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First and lead author of the study. "But when will the growing corporate consensus for transit outside the Beltway translate into stronger action inside the Beltway?"

At the national level, many businesses belong to the American Public Transportation Association. Others participate within the Community Transportation Association of America and the Association for Commuter Transportation.

The study profiles:

  • Washington University in St. Louis, anchor of Citizens for Modern Transportation;
  • Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland and the HealthLine, a successful Bus Rapid Transit line;
  • Friends of Transit in the Phoenix metropolitan area;
  • The Baton Rouge General Medical Center;
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726 on Staten Island;
  • Move LA, nearly doubling Los Angeles County's fixed-guideway transit system;
  • Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis;
  • Purple Line Now!, a coalition in the inner-ring Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.;
  • Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook, north of Chicago;
  • McCaffery Interests, a Chicago-based development firm;
  • United Streetcar of Clackamas, Ore., rebirthing streetcar manufacturing; and

  • "Third-party administrators" such as WageWorks and Edenred that process monthly transit benefits.
View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Man charged with murder after stabbing Winnipeg Transit bus driver

The incident occurred at 2 a.m., when the driver pulled up to the last stop of his shift and asked the man to leave the bus. After a physical altercation, which ended up outside the bus, ensued, the driver was stabbed multiple times.

N.Y.'s NICE to add 33 New Flyer buses

Twenty-eight 40-foot buses will replace existing buses in the NICE fleet that have reached the end of their useful life, while five 60-foot buses will be used on the customer's new bus rapid transit line, scheduled to start service in 2017.

Nova Bus, ABB partner for electric bus, charger delivery to N. America

The ABB DC fast charger, with the associated systems, is based on the common interface, which allows charging stations and electrified buses from different manufacturers to be used together.

Proterra names Horton to CCO post

Will lead the end-to-end customer lifecycle as Proterra triples production and initiates large-scale deployments across North America.

Stertil-Koni adds new capabilities to transmission jack

The battery-operated jack can be charged overnight and used without cables. The pneumatic jack has an attached air hose to keep it working. Previously, transmission jacks were manually hand-pumped, much like a car jack.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close