Winter 2013: Transportation

How we move around is undergoing a big shift. Travel by car has reached a saturation point, as evidenced by the leveling off of miles driven, and alternatives such as public transit and bicycles are attracting larger shares of the traveling public. This issue of On Common Ground explores the transportation future.

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In This Issue

Last summer, Congress finally adopted a new law setting funding levels and policy priorities for federal investment in highways, bridges and public transportation.

After stalling during the recession, transit ridership is on a roll again as more and more people opt to park their cars and board buses, light rail and commuter trains. The nation’s transit ridership rose for the sixth straight quarter between April and June of this year, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Bus rapid transit has grown to encompass nearly every upgrade transit agencies announce. The real question isn’t what qualifies as BRT, but what constitutes high-quality bus service today.

Cities throughout the country are eager to add streetcar systems. But do they deserve all the economic development credit showered on them?

With federal funding lacking, how will local and state municipalities pay for roads and transit?

Roads across the United States have been losing lanes and girth, but gaining multi-modal use, increasing safety and promoting businesses.


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