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 Center for Transportation Excellence

The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE), a non-partisan policy research center created to serve the needs of communities and transportation organizations nationwide. The purpose of the center is to provide research materials, strategies and other forms of support on the benefits of public transportation.

CFTE is a clearinghouse for information in support of quality transportation choices. CFTE is committed to two main objectives:

  • Defending the merits of transit
  • Equipping local leaders with the information they need to be successful with their public transportation initiatives and ballot measures.

The Center for Transportation Excellence delivers the message of sensible transportation choice by:

  • Creating case studies that illustrate the power of effective public transportation
  • Developing “tool kits” that aid local leaders in communicating the benefits of their programs
  • Maintaining an interactive website that provides clear information on effective public transportation development
  • Reaching out to media sources with the arguments in support of sensible transportation choice
  • Mobilizing in response to media coverage of the opposition with Letters to the Editor, Op/Ed submissions, editorial board meetings, etc.
  • Tracking legislative efforts and ballot measures and reporting on the outcomes and trends
  • Tracking research outcomes and publicizing research results to the media, stakeholders, and local leaders

Now more than ever, as state governments struggle with massive budget deficits, and communities suffer under burgeoning traffic, support for sensible transportation solutions is in peril. Opponents using erroneous arguments and fomenting fear are eroding the great strides made over the past decade. Supporters of balanced, practical transportation development look to CFTE for assistance with:

  • Distributing information that proves the effectiveness of public transportation
  • Engaging the opposition wherever and whenever they appear
  • Coaching community leaders in techniques for engaging the opposition in their own communities
  • Promoting transportation victories at the local, state, and national levels

Learn more about the Center for Transportation Excellence at

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