Quantitative Procedures for Designing and Operating Ferry Services
Report Number: R-238
Publication Date: 09/30/2022

Ferry transportation services play an important role in regional transportation—providing additional transit capacity to transportation networks and serving as a lifeline for many geographically-isolated communities.

This report presents guidance for scheduled and fixed-route ferry transit services and facilities that serve passengers as well as passengers and vehicles. Guidance focuses on defining the capacity of a ferry system and understanding capacity challenges, and includes quantitative procedures for designing and operating ferry services.

Fare-Free Transit Evaluation Framework
Report Number: R-237
Publication Date: 09/21/2022

Recognizing the strong recent interest throughout the United States to consider and implement fare-free transit, decision-making tools are needed to help public transit practitioners evaluate fare-free transit.

This report presents a framework that can be used by public transit practitioners to evaluate the potential benefits, costs, and trade-offs of implementing fare-free transit.  Supplemental to the report is an Infographic.

Racial Equity, Black America, and Public Transportation, Volume 1: A Review of Economic, Health, and Social Impacts
Report Number: R-236
Publication Date: 08/26/2022

An overall objective of the transit community is to help develop an enhanced and more inclusive approach to public transportation planning and decision making. Public transportation planners have a critical role in addressing and correcting many of the problems caused by a 20th- and 21st-century transportation sector that severely impacted and, in some cases, destroyed Black communities in the building of today’s transportation systems and network.

This report reviews the literature and summarizes common practices of the 20th and 21st centuries that had significant economic, health, and social impacts, and the racial gaps that emerged as a result of transportation inequities, deliberate actions, policies, and projects.

The objective of Volume 1 is to document the extent of the damage that has been done to Black communities as a result of transportation decisions and actions. Volume 2 will demonstrate a methodology to estimate how much it would cost to redress those damages. Volumes 3 and 4 will provide tools for elected and appointed officials and other stakeholder groups to engage effectively in the arena of transportation policy, planning, and funding at all levels of government.

Improving Access and Management of Public Transit ITS Data
Report Number: R-235
Publication Date: 07/27/2022

​With the proliferation of automatic vehicle location, automatic passenger counters, and automatic fare collection, transit agencies are collecting increasingly granular data on service performance, ridership, customer behavior, and financial recovery.

This report proposes a data structure for storing data from bus and rail intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Supplemental to the report are an Overview Presentation, a “How To” Presentation, and an Executive 2-pager on the benefits of the proposed data structure.

Policing and Public Transportation
Report Number: LRD-58
Publication Date: 07/13/2022

Compliance with transit-equipment and operations guidelines, FTA financing initiatives, private-sector programs, and labor or environmental standards relating to transit operations are some of the legal issues and problems unique to transit agencies.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of constitutional issues and summarizes current laws and practices that apply to policing by public transportation agencies.

Supplemental to the Digest is Appendix A: Agreements, Policies, Reports, and Other Documents Provided by Public Transportation Authorities for the Report.

The Impacts of Vehicle Automation on the Public Transportation Workforce
Report Number: R-232
Publication Date: 06/17/2022

Advancements in the automation of transit vehicles will likely have significant impacts; however, the possible effects on the public-transportation workforce is largely unknown. This is due partly to the fledgling state of transit vehicle automation and partly to the significant amount of uncertainty about how and when automated transit services become more prevalent.

This report provides an analysis of the possible impacts of automation on the public transportation workforce.

Supplemental to the report are:

Considering the Unbanked in Cashless Fare Payment at Point of Service for Bus/Demand-Response Services

Report Number: S-161
Publication Date: 05/19/2022

In recent years, many transit systems have been considering the benefits and challenges of moving to completely cashless fare payments and trying to find innovative solutions to help all their customers.

This report is designed to help inform transit systems of the impacts of going cashless. Several emerging trends are identified, including that transit agencies are seeking to understand how many riders are unbanked and how to meet their needs.

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