Public transit: realizing its potential
Missing the bus
Many worry over the loss of intercity bus and train service. But local, on-demand transit service is more critical for rural mobility.
Riding the rails: a look at light rail transit
Commuter rail ridership: the long and the short haul
The downtown parking syndrome: does curing the illness kill the patient?
Consumers and businesses alike cite the lack of free parking as one of the major problems associated with working, playing, and shopping downtown. A shortage of parking spaces can also lead to higher prices for those parking slots available as well as violation of parking ordinances by frustrated citizens. In light of widespread concerns about parking downtown, should large cities adopt policies to encourage more parking in a central business district (CBD), or should they improve public transit as an alternative to driving? Cities must consider many factors before answering such questions. ...
Is access to Center City still valuable?
The electronification of transit fare payments: Examining the case for partnership the case for partnerships between payments firms and transit agencies
Several of the nation?s largest payment-card-issuing banks are working with public transit agencies to enable consumers to pay fares by using payment cards, and more such partnerships may be on the horizon. On April 23, 2009, the Payment Cards Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosted a workshop to discuss the potential adoption of electronic payments by transit agencies from the perspectives of several subject matter experts from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. James Lock, vice president and senior advisor, Treasury Services Global Advisory Solutions group; Jameson Troutman, strategy ...
Transportation investments in the Philadelphia metropolitan area: who benefits? Who pays? And what are the consequences?
In this paper, the author examines the geographic distribution of transportation investments as well as the question of who pays for the investments in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, focusing on differences between the city and its surrounding Pennsylvania suburban counties. The author presents estimates of total, per capita, and per user benefits of highway investments, as well as fees generated by highway users at the county level. The author also examines the combined highway and transit investments in the suburbs as a whole and in the city. ; There are three central findings in this ...