Seattle’s King County Metro, Portland’s TriMet, and Miami-Dade County are the newest transit agency members to join the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) weeks after New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) joined the association. These four major transit providers join NACTO’s 49 member cities across North America working to build sustainable, equitable streets and transit networks.
As more people are choosing to live in cities across North America, cities and transit agencies are partnering to move more people in less space, and make sure all neighborhoods have the streets and transit access that they need, according to the association. NACTO’s recently-released Transit Street Design Guide, created by this unique coalition, shows how putting transit at the heart of street design greatly expands the number of people a street can move, and unlocks street space to create more vibrant places for everyone.
NACTO’s peer-to-peer network model helps the best ideas from cities gain traction across the continent and around the world. As transit increasingly becomes central to how a street functions, design techniques like on-street transitways, all-door boarding, and transit-friendly signals can keep a city moving, while making streets safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
“Public transit is embedded in NACTO’s DNA,” said Seleta Reynolds, NACTO president/GM of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “Seventeen of our member cities operate bus or rail, and welcoming transit agencies to the table strengthens the partnership for world-class streets in our cities.”
“People who take transit don’t want bureaucracy that leaves them at the curb, they want seamless, frequent and reliable service that gets them where they want to go,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO chair and principal of transportation at Bloomberg Associates. “The agencies that oversee city streets and those that run their transit are increasingly working together to identify and fill these gaps and keep our cities moving.”
NACTO is now accepting membership applications from the transit agency partners of NACTO member cities. For more information, visit nacto.org/membership.