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 Urban Circulators

Across the country, transit agencies and non-traditional partners such as non-profit associations, and city departments of transportation are planning and implementing urban circulators.

What Are Urban Circulators?

Urban circulator systems such as streetcars and rubber-tire trolley lines provide a transportation option that connects urban destinations and foster the redevelopment of urban spaces into walkable mixed use, high density environments.

Typically, an urban circulator operates regular service within a closed loop – usually 3 miles or shorter in length.

Benefits of Urban Circulators

These bus and street car modes play an important role in economic vitality of the urban core.

How to Get Funding & Support

The urban circulator projects are being funded under discretionary funding source by the U.S. Department of Transportation directly to the non- traditional partner.

APTA has held several peer roundtables with transit agency and non-traditional partners at the APTA Rail Conference in Boston and APTA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. FTA supported and participated in both roundtables.

Project sponsors need greater technical assistance and project implementation support. Under the APTA Policy and Planning Committee, APTA will launch an urban circulator working group to provide such assistance and support. The working group will look at the feasibility of an APTA Center for Urban Circulators, an online resource that would be attractive to city DOT and non-profits.

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