- The 2008 Statistical Abstract on Transportation: Urban Transit
By the U.S. Census Bureau
This site includes data sets in both PDF and Excel format on the following topics:
- Passenger Transit Industry
- Transit Buses Equipped for Disabilities
- Characteristics of Rail Transit by Transit Authority
- Transit Ridership in 50 Largest Urbanized Areas
- The Return of the Intercity Bus: The Decline and Recovery of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960-2007 (PDF)
By the School of Public Service Policy Study, DePaul University
This study assesses the changing status of intercity bus service throughout the United States between 1960 and 2007. Drawing on data from more than 5,000 arrivals and departures in a representative sample of American cities, it shows that U.S. cities lost nearly one-third of their scheduled intercity service between 1960 and 1980 and more than half of the remaining services between 1980 and early 2006. Although commuter-bus and charter-bus business expanded greatly during this period, most regularly scheduled intercity service disappeared. Many consumers considered the remaining service to be a travel option of last resort.
- Vision for the Future: U.S. Intercity Passenger Rail Network Through 2050 (PDF)
By the Passenger Rail Working Group for the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission
This report results in the following recommendations:
- Identify the national passenger rail network
- Fund construction of the passenger rail system
- Implement the passenger rail network
- Create a national rail strategy
- Invest in data collection to support multi-modal transportation planning
- A New Look at Urban Transit: Control vs. Market Approaches (PDF)
By John F. Due, University of Illinois at Urbana?Champaign
"The purpose of this paper is to take a preliminary new look at urban transit with regard to free market vs. government control. There is a sharp division between the free market emphasis in the literature and the government control emphasis in practice, in the United States and elsewhere."
- Embracing Change in a Changing World: Case Studies Applying New Paradigms for Rural and Small Urban Transit Service Delivery (PDF)
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 99: Embracing Change in a Changing World -- Case Studies Applying New Paradigms for Rural and Small Urban Transit Service Delivery includes case studies of how some transportation providers are addressing the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing rural environment.
- Urban Mass Transit In The United States
By Zachary M. Schrag, Columbia University
The term "urban mass transit" generally refers to scheduled intra-city service on a fixed route in shared vehicles. Even this definition embraces horse-drawn omnibuses and streetcars, cable cars, electric streetcars and trolley coaches, gasoline and diesel buses, underground and above-ground rail rapid transit, ferries, and some commuter rail service. In the United States mass transit has, for the most part, meant some kind of local bus or rail service, and it is on these modes that this article focuses.
- Urban Transportation Planning In the United States: An Historical Overview, Fifth Edition Chapter 8. Transition to Short-Term Planning
By Edward Weiner, Office of Economics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Transportation
"This report focuses on key events in the evolution of urban transportation planning including developments in technical procedures, philosophy, processes and institutions. But, planners must also be aware of changes in legislation, policy, regulations and technology. These events have been included to provide a more complete picture of the forces that have affected and often continue to affect urban transportation planning."
- Cities of the Future: Urban Transit Challenges [Podcast]
"In this episode of the Cities of the Future series, our host, Paul Brown, talks with transportation planning and development expert James L. de la Loza about the goals and challenges facing the Los Angeles transit system. A vice president with CDM Consulting, Jim served 10 years as the chief planning officer of regional transportation planning and development for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority." Transcript available in PDF.
- Planning and the Two Coordinations, With Illustration in Urban Transit
By Daniel B. Klein, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University
"...for urban transit, researchers and planners still argue that central planning is necessary to coordinate the system…Planners might associate the Hayekian learning with rarified economic models, and the Hayekian prescription with perfect competition. They might maintain that a policy of "free competition" for urban transit leads to numerous problems. But are such problems a failure of the Hayekian philosophy? Hayek's idea of the free economy was not atomistic exchange and mechanistic markets, but rather a system of voluntary planning embodied in the nexus of property, consent and contract. Hayek's line of reasoning points toward proprietary governance. Urban transit serves as a contextual example to clarify Hayekian thinking about planning and coordination."
- Urbanized Area Outline Maps (Census 2000)
These maps show the boundaries, names and codes of urbanized areas, as well as the named features underlying the boundaries. They also show the boundaries, names and codes for American Indian/Alaska Native/Hawaiian home land areas, counties, county subdivisions, and places. These are large format maps, designed for output on 36" x 33" paper. The scale of the maps is optimized to keep the number of map sheets for each urbanized area to a minimum. The map scale and number of map sheets will vary by the size and complexity of the urbanized area.
- Urban Transport Index
By the Urban Transit Fact Book
- Dedicated Funding and Urban Transit Performance: Some Empirical Evidence (PDF)
A MURP Professional Paper, University of Minnesota
- Getting Urban Transit Systems Focused on Cost and Service
By Ronald D. Utt, Ph. D., The Heritage Foundation
- Blurring the Light Rail Transit-Bus Rapid Transit Boundaries: Rapid Light Transit (PDF)
from the proceeding of the 9th National Light Rail Transit Conference
- Intercity Bus Links: Moving into New Territory (PDF)
from TR News No. 225 by the Transportation Research Board
- A Whole-system Approach to Evaluating Urban Transit Investments (PDF)
By Jonathan Richmond, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
In the News
- National Urban Transit Institute (NUTI)
"NUTI's mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through focused programs of research, technology transfer, and education at university-based institutes."
- Urban Transit Network
"The Urban Transit Network is a group of Xavier students dedicated to improving Cincinnati through public transportation and transit-oriented development. Furthermore, we want to insure that the public and community members are included in the process of developing further public transportation in the City of Cincinnati. Our goal is to promote discussion between community members and city leaders while also providing information to the citizens of Cincinnati about recent developments in transportation issues."
- Urban Transit Club
"The Urban Transit Club or *UTC* is composed of members from all walks of life and from all over the Metro New York Area, as well as a few members from elsewhere in the country. The club focuses on any and all aspects of Urban Transit, such as Subways, Buses, Trolleys, Trolley Buses, etc. Although the club by default focuses on Urban, Sub-Urban, and Inter-Urban subjects, many of our members have interests elsewhere such as mainline railroading, so there's something for everyone!"
- Urban Transit Options of the World
"Urban Transit Systems of the World is a service of LivableHouston."
- Urban Transit: Operations, Planning and Economics
By Vukan R. Vuchic
"The only modern text to cover all aspects of urban transit operations, planning, and economics Global in scope, up-to-date with current practice, and written by an internationally renowned expert, Urban Transit: Operations, Planning, and Economics is a unique volume covering the full range of issues involved in the operation, planning, and financing of transit systems. Presenting both theoretical concepts and practical, real-world methodologies for operations, planning and analyses of transit systems, this book is a comprehensive single-volume text and reference for students as well as professionals. The thorough examination of technical fundamentals and management principles in this book enables readers to address projects across the globe despite nuances in regulations and laws."
- Transit Maps of the World: The World's First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earth
By Mark Ovenden
"The book includes maps from more than 200 cities including Berlin, Chicago, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris and Tokyo, along with Barcelona, Boston, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Mexico City, Montreal, Munich, Osaka, San Francisco, Seoul, St. Petersburg and Washington D.C. Maps from smaller and newer urban rapid transit systems include Amsterdam, Athens, Beijing, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Delhi, Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Taipei, Toronto and Vienna. There is also a section on cities with light-rail and commuter systems, such as those found in Cleveland, Frankfurt, Miami, Sydney and Zurich, and a final chapter on hybrid tram-trains, monorail services and other urban transit systems from Las Vegas to Genoa to Minsk."