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The Challenge of Growth: Public-Private Solutions

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This important edition of DigitalCT focuses on the increasing use of partnerships between public agencies and private entities to improve mobility options. We take a look at a wide range of examples of public-private collaboration, including financing, taxi programs, intercity connectivity, facilities and intercity passenger rail.


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From the Editors

DigitalCT Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren and Editor Rich Sampson

Via video, DigitalCT Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren and Editor Rich Sampson provide an overview of this edition of DigitalCT.

Voices from the Community

CTAA Executive Director Dale J. Marsico, CCTM, joins the pod to assess the current environment for community and public transportation -- from economics to politics to demographics -- and to discuss the best ways forward.

Deb Dauenhauer, Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition's Silver Rider, talks about her agency's challenges and innovation and its recent recognition as the 2013 Rural Community Transportation System of the Year.

Creative Use of Private Resources and Practices

James McLary

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to public-private partnerships. The most successful arrangements take into account local factors and seek to increase affordability and flexibility. The best advice is to keep an open mind.

The Challenge of Growth

Dale Marsico at the APTA legislative conference

Long-predicated demographic changes are increasing transit demand at the very moment the political system is seeking to limit federal transit investments. Transit managers and leaders can no longer consider themselves grant managers. Private-sector finance is key to community and public transportation meeting this growing demand and CTAA is developing tools to assist you.

A Look Back at DigitalCT's Coverage of Innovative Partnerships

Montage of past CT mag coverage of private-public partnerships

Although this edition of DigitalCT focuses primarily on new trends and strategies for collaboration between public and private entities to improve mobility options, we've highlighted numerous other examples of similar partnerships in past editions of DigitialCT. Here's a look back...

Transit Agency Leverages Private Partnerships to Change Transit Culture in Southern Nevada

Club Ride

Las Vegas' Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has actively pursued local businesses and private-sector partnerships to build its ability to respond to growing local transit demand as well as cultivating important partnerships. From ride sharing to commuter park-and-ride lots to intercity connections, the RTC has a track record of mutually beneficial arrangements.

Building Regional Connectivity in Utah's Cache Valley Through Intercity Bus Partnerships

Riders of Cache Valley Transit

Every locality has its own public-private solution potentials. In Utah's Cache Valley, an innovative public-private partnership between the Cache Valley Transit District and Salt Lake Express is greatly enhancing efficient regional mobility. These arrangements are the launching pad for more.

Harrisburg's Capital Area Transit Explores P3 Options to Finance New Transportation Center

Exterior of the Harrisburg's CAT building

The state of Pennsylvania has struggled with developing ways to fully fund its surface transportation program in recent years. The state's one-year old Public-Private Transportation Partnership Act provides a new mechanism to repair, restore and replace aging infrastructure. The Capital Area Transit system, in Harrisburg, is pursuing this option to build a new facility.

Can Passenger Rail Operations Become Profitable and Lure Private Interest?

Amtrak station in Lynchburg, Va.

New rail services are demonstrating an increasingly cost-effective and perhaps even profitable operating environment for passenger rail. Over the coming years and decades, new projects -- including high-speed rail routes -- with greater private sector backing will test the long-held myth that passenger rail is an inherently money-losing proposition.

The CT Interview: Understanding Social Enterprise for Nonprofit Organizations

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For nonprofits, the Social Enterprise concept helps combine business and social missions into a formula for building revenues and increasing flexibility. Social Enterprise is a tool for capacity building, where a nonprofit can earn income as part of a revenue strategy.

MAP-21 Reauthorization Ideas from Two States... So Far

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As we move into a busy season for state and regional transit association meetings, DigitalCT staff have already found themselves leading sessions in both West Virginia and Kentucky seeking to develop ideas about what you -- the community and public transportation industry -- would like to see in the next transit reauthorization.

Transit Notes

Cobre Valley Transit Begins Service in Arizona

Updates, news items and the latest stories on community and public transportation around the nation.


Richard Sampson
Communications Specialist
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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