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CT Winter 2008: Urban Transportation


With select articles linked in PDF

  • Transit-Oriented Development: the Chicago Perspective (PDF)(1.20 MB)
    By Gena Holle
    Ranking second only to New York City's Long Island and Metro North railroads, Metra trains move more than 300,000 riders on weekdays. The system boasts 11 lines serving 238 stations over 565 miles of track in six counties in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. 735 trains provide service every weekday, with 303 of those operating on Saturdays and 180 on Sundays and holidays. At the same time, more than 96 percent of its trains operate on schedule.

  • Pioneering Emission-Free Transit in Chattanooga (PDF)(182 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    In a city with a well-chronicled transportation history (think: Choo- Choo!), the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) has embraced an altogether modern approach to urban transit, with its now 16-year old downtown electric bus shuttles leading the way. As more local residents turn to CART, a record 1.8 million riders did last year, the system has a number of innovative projects and services it plans to offer in the next several years.

  • New Jersey Transit: A Transit System Supporting Innovative Transit (PDF)(138 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    In New Jersey, the transit agency that serves much of the state also serves as the state's transit administrative body. New Jersey Transit operates all types of vehicles and services throughout the state, and also works for the betterment of local transit providers through a series of innovative programs designed to improve and augment public and community transportation service. It's an unusual role, but one that NJ Transit tackles with success.

  • ABQ RIDE Revitalizes Transit in Albuquerque (PDF)(162 KB)
    by Art Martinez
    In the past eight years, the Albuquerque Transit Department, known as ABQ RIDE has experienced a renaissance, demonstrated by more positive customer feedback, safer service, monthly ridership records since June 2005 and a modernized, more efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet.

  • UTA Leads the Transit World in Quality Management & Environmental Awareness (PDF)(365 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    Can attention to world-class standards with an emphasis on advanced business certification models impact a modern urban transit system? They certainly have in the Salt Lake City area of Utah, as the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) developed a customer- and community-responsive system. With a history of success, burgeoning ridership and significant system expansion, the UTA model works.

  • Transit: The Engine of Economic Growth (PDF)(156 KB)
    This is the executive summary from the report Transit Means Business: The Economic Case for Public Transit in Canada. More information can be found in Issue Paper No. 5: Transit Means Business: The Economic Case for Public Transit in Canada. A complete copy of the report can be purchased by visiting
    Public transit is an investment that returns a wide range of material benefits to the Canadian economy. Many of transit's economic benefits are obvious and well understood, such as its role in reducing air pollution, in providing a safer mode of personal travel than private automobiles, and in providing transportation alternatives in crowded cities. Other benefits, such as the impacts of transit investment on real estate, are less obvious and more complicated relationships to explain. However, agencies at all three levels of government, academics, transportation professionals and transit agencies themselves are all working to better understand these relationships and clarify economic benefit issues surrounding transportation investment decisions.

  • An Association's Work in Urban Transit (PDF)(172 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    The Community Transportation Association of America has a rich history in supporting urban transit operations through planning, demonstrations and capital investments. The Association's technical assistance efforts in numerous urban communities have helped connect job seekers with transit solutions, built multi-modal facilities and launched innovative planning efforts.

  • The Innovators' Roundtable (PDF)(356 KB)
    Joining us for our Innovators' Roundtable are two-term Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Architect Ted Haug of Legat Architects in Waukegan, Ill., and regular technology contributor Larry Harman of the Moakley Center for Technological Applications at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.

  • The Operators' Roundtable (PDF)(187 KB)
    Our three participants in the Operators' Roundtable bring both experience and innovation to the discussion. Chris Cole is the general manager of the Chittenden County Transit Authority in Burlington, Vt. Dan Dirks is the Community Transportation Association's Urban Transit Specialist and previously served as general manager for SMART in suburban Detroit, Mich. Roland Mross' distinguished career in transit includes managing IndyGo in Ind., Indiana and serving as the Federal Transit Administration's deputy administrator.

  • The Stakeholders' Roundtable (PDF)(599 KB)
    In our Stakeholders' Roundtable, we convene a discussion of those who directly benefit from urban transit services. Our group includes Matt Brown of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., Fred Hoffman, Director of Government Affairs for the Chrysler Corporation, and John Renne, Associate Director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Center.

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