Mass Transit

Federal funding formulas need to evolve to help regional governing bodies to accelerate both large and community-focused projects that have an impact across these large population clusters.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is looking to incorporate public transit into the region’s development conversations, as a way to incentivize and influence growth in the area.
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors has unanimously supported an idea to create a program that allows students and low-income people to ride Metro’s trains and buses for free.
The two hundred miles of high-speed railway rely upon dense urban growth around transit stations to achieve long-term success. But as California and San Diego birth rates and population decline, some worry it’s too costly a risk.
NJ Transit wants to deploy electric buses using two charging-equipped bus garages and redesigned routes. But some are worried that the EV range won’t be sufficient for some of the longer routes.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will have a budget deficit of $1.5 billion by 2024 if ridership does not return to pre-pandemic levels. But many regular users have said they won’t be riding the subway post-pandemic.
The pandemic has broken commuter rail’s business model, which relies on boutique services for white collar workers. Fixing it means more trains, better platforms, high-tech fare systems and fewer workers. Can it be done?