Improving Access to Public Transit with Transit-Oriented Streets

Public transit’s ridership recovery presents a unique opportunity to rethink ways to maximize access and availability. There is the potential to make big changes to the streets and neighborhoods served by public transit to ensure that public transit is competitive with other modes. Recent research has covered several ways in which public transit agencies and local governments have worked to improve public transit service and ridership, such as tactical transit projects, bus network redesigns, transit priority projects, and micro-mobility services. One gap that remains is examining the infrastructure that riders use to access public transit services. Street infrastructure like sidewalks and bike lanes enable first- and last-mile connections to public transportation. Some communities, especially historically underserved communities, lack even the most basic infrastructure for public transit access and face conditions hostile to walking and bicycling. Improving access to public transit has the potential to increase the use of public transit. In order to fully leverage public transit services and infrastructure, communities must connect the places where people live, work, and play to public transportation stops and stations. In the coming years there may be several funding sources that public transit agencies, communities, and states can take advantage of to fund these changes. The objective of this research is to prepare a report on the best practices to improve access to public transit. The final deliverable should assist public transit agencies and communities to understand how to connect people and places to public transit services and infrastructure, by combining existing research with new research into transit-oriented street designs and other practices that enhance access to public transportation.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $125000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-11, Task 44

  • 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: 20211125
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01789441
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-11, Task 44
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2021 3:16PM