Transforming Public Transportation Institutional and Business Models

Transit systems of all sizes throughout the United States and North America are being fundamentally challenged to strategically think, plan, operate (alternative business and financial models), and manage in different ways, including expectations for greater efficiency/effectiveness, increased transparency and public accountability. Today, many transit systems are embarking on this "transformation" process with very few concrete guideposts. While not necessarily to a level of "best practice", there are very useful industry examples and case studies that should be thoughtfully documented and potentially replicable initiatives identified and made readily available to the industry. This information would be immensely useful to transit managers and policymakers in transit systems of all sizes and complexity. The forces of change were well documented in the New Paradigms work completed for the transit industry in the late 1990s. At that time, the study team recognized a bigger mobility management role; profound demographic shifts and consumer expectations; the riveting impact of new technology; and the multi-jurisdictional/regional context of the challenges facing communities--well beyond the traditional silos and institutional structures of existing transit agencies and their partners/key stakeholders. The objective of this research would be to compile information with a focus on documenting concrete examples of new or changed institutional structures/arrangements and business models implemented at public transit systems particularly in response to regional and multi-jurisdictional challenges/opportunities.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-43

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Start Date: 20100901
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25249

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461676
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-43
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM