US & TX 2019 Ridership Declines Predicted Transit’s Dim Future (Pre-COVID-19 Crash)

Thanks to a late-year surge in New York subway ridership, nationwide transit ridership in December 2019 was 3.0 percent greater than December 2018, and ridership for 2019 as a…


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12 Reasons to Vote NO on the City of Austin’s $7-10B Light Rail Plan

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many…


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New, Expensive Transit and Density Do Not Boost Transit Ridership

Does spending a lot of money on transit improvements boost transit ridership? Since 1992, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston have each spent about ten times as much money on transit…


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Does Transit Capital Spending Boost Ridership?

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my…


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The Future of Transportation

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my…


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The $1.4 Billion Transit Fund the U.S. Government Won’t Release

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel…


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Transit Investments in an Age of Uncertainty

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my…


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The Five Myths About Suburbia and Our Car-Happy Culture

Suburban sprawl and automobiles are rapidly acquiring a reputation as scourges of modern American society, say authors Ted Balaker and Sam Staley. But of all the myths created by…


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Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit

Nothing ruins a public transportation rider's day quite like waiting around for a train or bus that never shows up. Turns out that if it happens enough, riders will start giving…


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The proportion of the labor force working from home continues to grow

Expanding mass-transit systems is a pillar of green and “new urbanist” thinking, but with few exceptions, the idea of ever-larger numbers of people commuting into an urban core…


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Six Problems with Rail Transit and Six Myths of Rail Transit

Rail transit has long had a presence in American cities. The first commuter trains served the suburbs of Boston in 1838. The first successful electric streetcar opened in…


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Project Connect will Waste Billions of Taxpayer Dollars & Fail

Two important facts explain much about the crisis of confidence Dallas Area Rapid Transit confronts as it drives into its 35th year. Population in its 13-city service area keeps…


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Position Paper


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