Transit Dispatches

The Role of the Private Sector in Building Back Better Transit

In Europe, it’s common for transit agencies to form consortiums that together set clear...

In the first two articles of this series, I discussed what can be done to make public transit Americans’ first choice for getting around. I also shared how transit agencies can be effective with the windfall from the CARES Act and the bipartisan infrastructure deal. A common thread between these two ideas is the assistance provided by private industry — particularly transit operators like Keolis.

It’s Not Goodbye Frank, But Thanks for Everything

Frank Di Giacomo

I remember in my first few weeks of working for METRO, my former editor gave me a heads up that Frank Di Giacomo, our publisher at the time, was coming to the home office for a visit. I must admit after hearing stories about him, I was nervous about our meeting, so on that Monday morning sitting across from Frank as he twisted his pinkie ring, I didn’t quite know what to expect.

The Future of Public Transport in A Post COVID-19 World

The Future of Public Transport in A Post COVID-19 World

With everything going on today, public transport has been hit hardest. In fact, many of the major transport authorities around the world have reported up to a 95% reduction in users, which not only shows the magnitude of the problem we face today but puts the future of these businesses and services in uncertainty.

Making Transit America’s First Choice

The most evident issue facing public transit agencies is depleted revenues as ridership slowly...

Opportunities can feel few and far between these days, which is exactly why the U.S. must seize the one it was recently handed: a rare chance to give public transportation the makeover that current passengers have long demanded and that which there is a latent demand for by potential passengers.

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