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Q&A with APTA's Paul P. Skoutelas

METRO spoke with Skoutelas to get his thoughts on the government shutdown, his agenda, and his most memorable ride on public transit.

How Will the Sharing Economy Affect Public Transit?

Everywhere, evidence reveals how we’re moving into a less-consumptive, sharing-based society. Whether it’s people’s homes, torrent files or a car ride downtown, sharing is in. As environmentally conscious and economically prudent reducers and re-users, millennials are choosing non-traditional forms of transportation. This behavior has already had a huge impact on the way the transit industry is planning for its future.

2015 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets Survey

While ridership continues to grow across the industry, many transit agencies are focused on ways to grow millennial usage, including the addition of USB charging stations, Wi-Fi, and real-time bus arrival technologies, as well as targeted advertising and marketing campaigns.  

KCATA to offer Wi-Fi on all buses by 2016

The agency started offering Wi-Fi services in early 2014, but it was only available on the MAX routes operating on Main Street and Troost Avenue, plus 22 other Metro buses.

Engaging Young Riders is Key to Transit’s Continued Growth

The number of younger people getting drivers’ licenses has continually declined since 1996 and that adults between the ages of 20 to 30 are more likely to stay in cities rather than move to suburbs, according to the United States Public Interest Research Group. This data, then, would indicate that the millennial generation (the largest generation) is a major contributor to the surge in ridership transportation organizations across the country are experiencing.

New report reveals what Americans want from public transit

Riders of all ages and in all regions place the greatest value on factors like travel time, proximity, cost, and reliability above safety, frequency, and perks like Wi-Fi when choosing whether or not to take public transportation.