Getting to the Route of It: The Role of Governance in Regional Transit

Source: Eno Center for Transportation, October 2014

Metropolitan regions are the economic engines of our nation and public transit is the machinery that enables the largest metropolitan areas to function, compete effectively for employers and labor, and foster innovation. The ability of transit organizations to respond to changing and expanding demands varies across the industry and is shaped to a large extent by individual governance and organizational structures. Each type of governance structure has its own implications for funding, equitable and effective service patterns, and economic growth.

Getting to the Route of It: The Role of Governance in Regional Transit looks at the issues of regional transit governance in New York and across the nation.

…The case study regions are Chicago, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City Tri-State region, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a group, they represent diverse geographic regions and distinct approaches to complex transit governance issues. Through conversations with experts in each region, the team compiled key themes and lessons from each region and supplemented this research with additional data where necessary. Every case study was evaluated independently to demonstrate the different approaches that regions have taken, with varying degrees of success, to foster regional connectivity. …

The Real Root of Broken Infrastructure: Broken Governance
Source: Alex Marshall, Governing, December 2014

It’s time to rethink how we manage transit systems.