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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