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Small Urban Transit: Innovative and Effective

Small-urban transit providers are not large metropolitan transit authorities, nor are they rural transit systems. And that is the real reason for the creation of CTAA's SUN and its success. CTAA recognizes that small-urban transit systems and their leadership face unique challenges - and opportunities - and is firmly committed to providing these systems with the unique and targeted legislative, policy, regulatory, training and research they need to continue to thrive.

Small Urban Transit: Innovative and Effective


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From the Editor

Rich Sampson

DigitalCT Editor Rich Sampson discusses the features in our special small-urban transit edition.

New on the CTPodcast

CT Podcast

DigitalCT Editor Rich Sampson discusses the latest trends and developments in electric- and battery-powered buses with two small-urban transit executives: Len Engel of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Lancaster, Calif., and Richard DeRock of Link Transit in Wenatchee, Wash.

The Commentary

Some might wonder why CTAA an organization long linked with rural, specialized and non-emergency medical transportation providers - chose to launch the Small Urban Network (SUN). The answer lies in an understanding of swiftly-changing American demographics - and the recognition that small-urban transit providers are some of the most innovative and effective systems in the country.

The Legislative/Policy Update

Bus Capital

Two clear themes emerged from the nearly 70 small-urban transit leaders who gathered in Denver: the need for more dedicated bus capital funding and for some measure of regulatory relief for small-urban transit systems.

Community and Public Transit - An Industry Ripe for Inclusivity

People waiting at bus stop with proper signage

Often and historically, the solution to serving the disabled community has been to either sidestep people with disabilities or disadvantaged populations altogether or create separate services. Now seems to be the prime time to change that, not just because it is the right thing to do, but we have a few push factors going for us.

Alternative Sources of Local Match

MTA vehicle

Despite facing a number of internal and external challenges, the Manchester Transit Authority (N.H.) has expanded service by building funding partnerships with local private and non-profit entities.

How Rogue Valley Transit District Won Its 2016 Levy

RVTD Get on Board

Medford, Oregon's Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) has faced a long road of key decisions including both successes and setbacks - in its ongoing effort to realize additional investment for our system.

Corvallis' Transit Operations Fee


CTS operates a fareless transit network serving more than 1.175 million annual riders, many of them travelling to and from Oregon State University (OSU). The system's fareless structure is made possible by the city's Transit Options Fee, the source of local match investment.

Growing the VINE: C-Tran's BRT Project

C-Tran Map

Although located in Washington state, Vancouver sits just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore., and acts as a suburb in many ways. As a result, enhanced transit service is always a topic of much debate. In the meantime, C-Tran has focused on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to better serve its busy Fourth Plain corridor.

How to Maximize Fixed-Route Efficiencies

How To...

It's important to focus on saving money within the overall goal of providing quality transit service. Are there transit systems that believe recovery time is only a cost, and cut it to a bare minimum - but then pay other drivers to provide restroom and lunch breaks? Or, are there systems that will wash your mouth out with soap if you use the word overtime, but then bemoan turnover costs?

Member Profile: Karen Walton

Karen Walton

In our Member Profile series, we chat with Karen Walton of Green Mountain Transit in Burlington, Vt., a member of our SUN Leadership Team.


Richard Sampson
Communications Specialist
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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