Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2020

Across North America, there are dozens of transit projects now under construction. Learn what’s being planned in your city.

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Too little, too late? A decade of transit investment in the U.S.

Cities across the U.S. added more than 1,200 miles of expanded transit service between 2010 and 2019. But all that construction isn’t keeping up with the need.

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The perverse incentives produced by institutional division

» In Chicago, conflicts between local transit services and the commuter rail network have impinged on peoples’ mobility for decades. The institutional context encourages divides, not cooperation, to the detriment of riders.

All across the developed world,* cities have transitioned their commuter rail networks—services designed for infrequent, relatively long-distance travel at peak hours between suburbs and central cities—into regional rail systems. Regional rail, exemplified by Germany’s S-Bahn and France’s RER systems, encompasses all-day, two-way, frequent service, often with through-running, meaning service from suburb to suburb via downtown. Regional rail is typically also integrated into the metropolitan transit fare system, such that a ride on regional rail costs no different than one on a local bus and train, as long as the origin and destination are the same.

These regional rail services have transformed metropolitan travel in the places where they’ve been implemented because they make show-up-and-go, fast service available to whole

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Is transit ridership loss inevitable? A U.S.–France comparison

Change in transit ridership from 2010.

Urban transit ridership has declined every year in U.S. cities since 2014. It has increased every year in France since 2000. What is going on?

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Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2019

89 transit projects under construction in North America. 830 miles. $91 billion.

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