- Americans' Support for Public Transportation - June 2013
This survey conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute provides evidence that there is growing support for an already strong majority of people in favor of expanding public transportation. Nearly 74 percent of respondents agreed to use of their tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their community.
- 2013 "Travel Like a Local" Summer Travel Survey - May 2013
Nearly three in five Americans visiting a major U.S. city this summer plan to use public transportation during their stay. The five most popular cities for travel this summer are New York, Miami, Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco. The survey found that Millenials (18-24) are most likely to use public transportation while on vacation, with 73 percent reporting yes. Major motivators for using public transportation included not having to worry about finding a parking space (73 percent), saving money on parking fees (69 percent), and not having to navigate a car within a new city (64 percent).
- The Future of Public Transportation Employment: Bold Visions, Bringing Exciting Opportunities - May 2013
A shift is underway, as Americans begin to seek more robust transportation choices. Public transportation is at the center of the shift, and as a result, public transportation will need to invest in an even more skilled workforce. New job opportunities and careers will provide those interested in transit-related careers a chance to change America.
- The New Real Estate Mantra - March 2013
This paper shows that average sales prices for residences near public transportation were more resilent during the Great Recession than their respective regions as a whole.
This report shows why public transportation is an attractive market for both public and private investment. The public transportation industry is supported by growing demand, and bolstered by long-term demographic and consumer preference shifts.
- Transit on the Cutting Edge of Clean Technology - September 2012
This white paper reviews the substantial progress that transit agencies have made in investing in innovative clean technologies and fuels, such as electricity, hybrid vehicles, electric storage, biofuels, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel cells. Transit, in fact, has often been on the cutting edge of adopting these clean technologies, driven in part by a range of federal and state policies, programs, and incentives.
- Opportunity Cost of Inaction: High-Speed Rail and High Performance Passenger Rail in the United States - July 2012
This paper addresses the initial investment and on-going cost of operation and maintenance of high-performance passenger rail (HPPR) in four of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sanctioned HPPR regional networks – Northeast, Chicago Hub, California, and Northwest – over a 40 year period. The system can generate a net benefit of at least $660 million annually. If the nation should forgo this opportunity, it stands to sustain a cost of at least $26.4 billion in foregone economic benefits over the next four decades.
- High-Speed Rail: On the Move in America - July 2012
High-speed rail is critical to America’s economic future. Congestion on our highways and runways already costs $130 billion a year, and our population is expected to grow by another 100 million people in the next 40 years. That is the key rationale behind the Obama Administration’s more than $10 billion investment in high-speed and passenger rail projects across the country.
- APTA High-Speed Train Survey - May 2012
The results of a national survey that show that nearly two-thirds of Americans are interested in traveling by high-speed rail and the figure soars to 74 percent among those in the 18-24 age brackets.
- Public Transportation Protects Americans From Gas Price Volatility - May 2012
This paper highlights the role that public transit plays in protecting Americans from price volatility, as well as strategies that can buffer Americans from future gas price shocks.
- Mobility Management: Customer-Focused Public Transportation - March 2012
Mobility Management seeks to create and coordinate a full range of well-synchronized mobility services within a community- "a one-stop shop for mobility options," according to one public transit agency general manager.
- Economic Recovery: Promoting Growth - March 2012
This white paper focuses on the many economic benefits derived from public transportation. Members are encouraged to use this document when reaching out to their legislators.
- Rural Communities: Expanding Horizons - March 2012
This white paper details the need for investment in public transportation in small urban and rural areas throughout the nation. Members are encouraged to use this document when reaching out to their legislators.
- House Proposal Erodes Credit Ratings, Ties Hands of American Communities - February 2012
This report explains the implications of the tax title approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on February 3.
- An Inventory of the Criticisms of High-Speed Rail - January 2012
This report is the summary of extensive research that examined the criticism that has been leveled over the past three years at the national efforts to improve intercity passenger rail and introduce true high-speed passenger rail in the United States. The report defines eight broad categories of criticism of high-speed rail and offers several counterarguments to each.
- 2011 APTA Annual Report
The 2011 APTA Annual Report details the many significant activities APTA undertook on behalf of its members to continue making public transportation a national priority. The report provides and account of APTA's efforts including: communicating the benefits of public transportation, strides in standards development and workforce development, and making the case for federal investment through a multi-year, multimodal surface transportation authorization bill.
- An Analysis of Proposed U.S. House of Representatives Actions and Their Impact on Public Transportation - September 2011
This report analyzes the impact of a one-third cut in federal public transportation spending propsed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The report estimates that 620,000 jobs would be lost over the course of a six-year authorization period as a result of the cuts. The report also includes survey responses from APTA member transit agencies and businesses.
- Light Rail Vehicle Request for Proposals (RFP) Procurement Guidelines - July 2011
This is the first edition of the APTA standard light rail vehicle procurement guideline including both procurement terms and conditions and technical specifications. Please provide feedback to APTA on how it worked and what changes might be needed. Transit agencies and their vehicle consultants are requested to let APTA staff know when they are using the document. APTA staff contacts are Fran Hooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for procurement issues and Martin Schroeder (email@example.com) for technical specification issues.
- Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies: Update - August 2011
- The Case for Business Investment in High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail - March 2011
This report focuses on key issues critical to private investors as they consider investments or future expansion into business serving growing passenger rail markets. It highlights national and international trends, the market potential in the U.S. future funding sources, and the need for public support
- Potential Impact of Gasoline Price Increases on U.S. Public Transportation Ridership, 2011-2012 - March 2011
This study examines several sources that detail varying elasticities between gas prices and public transportation ridership. It uses those sources to predict the impact that rising gas prices will have on public transportation ridership, using APTA's 2010 ridership figures as a baseline.
- Business Member Economic Outlook for 2011 - February 2011
- High-Speed Rail Investment Background Data - February 2011
Definitions of categories of high-speed rail are presented with a history of federal laws supporting high-speed rail. Historical and projected growth trends of passenger trips, vehicles, and agencies for all types passenger rail are calculated. High-speed rail policy, plan, and need statements from APTA and other organizations are described. Summaries of research detailing high-speed rail land use impact, energy use and emissions reduction, and economic benefits are presented.
- Regional Organizational Models for Public Transportation - January 2011
This study examines the processes of governance transformation that have been employed to respond to the opportunities for and challenges to providing regional public transportation. Case studies of eight regions of various sizes and providing geographic diversity across the U.S. provide insights into the impetus for governance transformation, the direction of the changes being implemented, and the mechanism(s) for change, as well as accomplishments, lessons learned and ongoing challenges.
- The Route to Carbon and Energy Savings - November 2010
This report identifies a portfolio of strategies that transit agencies can take to reduce the energy use and GHG emissions of their operations and estimates the potential impacts of those strategies in 2030 and 2050. Using interviews and current literature, a portfolio of 17 high-priority strategies were selected for analysis based on their potential for reducing GHG emissions over the medium and long term.
- Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines 2011 - October 2010
This completely updated specification replaces previous versions of the White Book and provides details for the procurement of buses 30 feet to articulated bus lengths and multiple propulsion and fuel types. This document contains language for a full RFP including Terms and Conditions and Technical specifications.
- Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits - June 2010
This report by Todd Litman investigates ways that public transportation affects human health, and ways to incorporate these impacts into transport policy and planning decisions. This research indicates that public transit improvements and more transit oriented development can provide large but often overlooked health benefits.
- Primer on Transit Funding - June 2010
SAFETEA-LU is the current authorizing law which establishes authority to appropriate General Revenues and to spend trust fund monies through limitations on obligations, for highways and transit, on an annual basis from Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 through FY 2009. It includes a detailed explanation of SAFETEA-LU and historical federal transit funding levels.
- Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies - March 2010
This report, based on a March 2010 survey, provides a national perspective on the extent to which the current recession is affecting public transit agencies and the tens of millions of Americans who use their services.
- Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population - March 2010
- Public Transportation: Moving America Forward - January 2010
This overview highlights the many benefits of public transportation for individuals and communities. The economic, environmental and social benefits of public transit are detailed. It includes the latest statistics and examples to illustrate the benefits.
Members: up to 25 free/$0.50 each for 26+, Nonmembers: $1.00, Hard copy available in the APTA bookstore.