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  • The Way Forward: The Future of Community & Public Transportation (PDF)(305 KB)
    For the last several months the Community Transportation Association and Community Transportation Magazine have been sponsoring a number of events people in Washington like to call, "listening sessions." As the phrase implies, a listening session is an opportunity to hear from those we represent and whose opinions we value about where we are in the business we call community transportation. Although as a membership organization we always try to listen, the special calender created by a transportation reauthorization adds greater intensity to our efforts.
  • A Shared Vision of Environmentally-Friendly Transit Investment(PDF)(95 KB)
    by Chris Hagelin
    Today, of Boulder's 100,000 residents and 40,000 commuters, nearly half have access to an Eco Pass -- which allows them to ride the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) services fare-free. RTD provides service to eight Colorado counties, including the cities of Denver and Boulder. Through the city of Boulder's GO Boulder supporting marketing campaign and subsidy program, RTD's Eco Pass program has helped reduce emissions, single-occupancy vehicle travel and preserve Boulder's quality of life and community values.
  • Congestion Pricing: What Is It? (PDF)(440 KB)
    by Marika Benko & Lauren Smith
    Congestion pricing is far more than a simple tax strategy to manage traffic, it also constitutes a very real way to raise significant investment for major transit infrastructure. Though the concept has not yet been instituted in the U.S. -- it was recently turned away in the New York City region -- it will no doubt be part of the discussion on funding transit investment in the coming reauthorization.
  • An Introduction to Cap-and-Trade Programs (PDF)(209 KB)
    Produced by the Congressional Budget Office
    The four proposals examined in this analysis vary greatly in terms of the ease with which they could be implemented, the certainty with which they would achieve the desired cuts in carbon emissions, their cost-effectiveness, and their distributional effects. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) looked at some of the trade-offs inherent in the proposals by evaluating each option.
  • One View of Biodiesel Use: The Fargo Example (PDF)(329 KB)
    by Jeremy Mattson & Del Peterson
    Biodiesel is increasingly popular as an alternative fuel source, but how seamlessly does it blend into the transit environment? This research excerpt from the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) scrutinizes one transit operation's experience with biodiesel and draws some interesting conclusions about biodiesel's future.
  • The Challenge of Inclusiveness: Common Medical Conditions Impacting Transit Today (PDF)(243 KB)
    By Valerie Miller
    A central aspect of transit's role in social inclusion is the ability for all Americans to access health care. Community and public transit's role in making these connections is increasingly vital, and so is the industry's ability to understand the medical conditions passengers are experiencing.
  • Responding to New Trends Through a Usability Approach (PDF)(237 KB)
    By David Levinger & Maggie McGehee
    A key to connectivity between transit modes and systems is superior design and usability. Seamless connectivity -- that is, the type of connectivity that passengers don't even notice -- should be the goal of all transit systems. This article develops connective responses to today's challenges and trends for transit operations.
  • The Effects of Rising Gas Prices on Transit Ridership (PDF)(197 KB)
    By Jeremy Mattson
    This recently completed research by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center explores the relationship between the price of fuel and transit ridership -- and comes to some surprising conclusions. In some communities and in some situations, there is very little connecting fuel prices to ridership, while in others, they are symbiotic. This research takes a timely look at a widely discussed issue.

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