Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12:00PM (ET)

Transit in the 2000s: Where Does It Stand and Where Is It Headed?

U.S. public transit has experienced something of a renaissance in the 2000s, with per capita service levels increasing nationwide and public investment growing even faster—particularly expenditures on rail transit. Despite this expansion, overall transit patronage has been relatively flat, and has declined significantly since 2014. What is behind these trends, and what do they portend for the future of transit? In this paper we consider three challenges shaping transit today and in the years ahead: (1) the asymmetry of transit supply and use make it especially vulnerable to changes and disruptions; (2) many of the factors that determine transit ridership, such as levels of private vehicle ownership and use, are largely beyond the control of transit agencies; and (3) there remains no consensus about what purpose transit should serve—politically the industry thrives on the idea that it will reduce congestion or clean the air, while in practice it primarily moves poor people, a very different and sometimes conflicting role. How successfully transit systems manage each of these challenges will shape their future roles and significance. Download Handout

This presentation will discuss the main points of an article published in the Journal of Public Transportation.

Presenters: Michael Manville, Brian D. Taylor, and Evelyn Blumenberg; UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Michael Manville, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a faculty affiliate of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. His research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use, as well as on local public finance.

Brian D. Taylor, Ph.D. is professor of Urban Planning, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His research and teaching center on travel behavior as well as transportation equity, finance, history, and politics.

Evelyn Blumenberg, Ph.D. is professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the effects of urban structure—the spatial location of residents, employment, and services—on economic outcomes for immigrants and low-wage workers.


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  1. Shouldn’t this be “Urban Transportation”?

    Show performance for a range of transit investments, but show a range o roles Combined with roles for autos, including incorporating on call service for off peak, pragmatic introduction of self driving autos, etc.
    Show overall transportation performance if subsidies for on call service are set equal to transit.

    Comparisons of longer periods of investment.
    Example; San Diego~30% population increase,in30years; transit gained one million passenger-miles daily . On road vehicles added about 40 million passenger miles.

    In real million tons co2 reduced, compare transit with autos last 30 to 40 years

  2. At what time will this webinar end?

    Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12:00PM (ET)
    Transit in the 2000s: Where Does It Stand and Where Is It Headed?

    • Hi Russ,
      The webinar will be 1-hour. We start promptly at noon and will end at 1pm. All of our webinars are recorded and will be posted a few days after the live event.
      Thank you for your interest in the CUTR Transportation Webcast Series.

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