Reinventing Transit Networks for a New Mobility Future

Transit agencies across the United States are faced with an unprecedented rate of change in the mobility environment in which they operate. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), ‘microtransit’, carshare such as Car2Go, bikeshare, and ultimately autonomous vehicles all are creating a highly dynamic situation where traditional fixed route bus systems are faced with a critical need to rethink their role in the mobility ecosystem. Further, commute patterns have shifted as job locations have changed, work schedules vary as never before, and household and demographic compositions continue to shift as society is re-shaped by a range of factors. Significant risks and opportunities exist in this emerging multimodal setting and the way that transit systems respond will not only shape their own futures but the futures of the cities and communities that they serve. Over the past several years, many agencies across North America have initiated efforts to ‘re- imagine’ their transit networks and to rethink how their routes and modes of service can best meet the evolving needs of the communities where they provide mobility. There are many lessons to be learned from these efforts: How has ridership responded? What has been the effect on agency budgets? What are the policy and public perception implications? How has efficiency and effectiveness changed after implementation? What partnership models, both public and private, have proven successful? What more needs to be done to prepare transit agencies to succeed in the ‘new mobility’ environment? The objective of this research is to provide transit agencies with guidance on how the rapidly evolving mobility landscape is likely to affect their role and to provide potential responses.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-56

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Start Date: 20180501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01667917
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-56
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2018 3:14PM