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 Advocacy & Education

  • Transit Board Member Handbook - July 2014
  • This unique publication includes information in which board members have indicated a high level of interest, such as definitions of their roles and responsibilities; the board’s committee structure; leadership qualities; the selection of and relationship with the CEO; ADA; and strategic planning. A brief and clear primer on federal funding focuses on the MAP-21. This popular resource suits both newer and veteran transit board members
  • The Business Case for Investment in Public Transportation - March 2014
    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.
  • A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth - November 2013
    This joint report produced with the U.S. Travel Assocation examines how cities with rail stations connected directly to airport terminals can realize increases in hotel performance. The report compares six cities with direct rail access from their airport terminal to five cities without. The analysis found that from 2006-2013, hotels in the cities with direct rail access brought in 10.9% more revenue per room than hotels in those cities without.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Urban Transit: A Conservative Model (by Weyrich and Lind) - February 2009
  • ADA Essentials for Transit Board Members
    The ADA Essentials for Transit Board Members provides a historical context within which the disability civil rights movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act was rooted.  The handbook also provides a listing of the key public transportation tenets of the ADA. Only available in pdf form.
           Handbook (pdf) 
  • Mobility Management -- A New Role for Public Transportation - May 2008
  • Mobility Services for All Americans -- (MSAA) Initiative Stakeholder Outreach Plan -- Version 1.0 - September 2008
  • Public Transportation: Facts at a Glance - 2008
    A small pocket-sized card with national facts and figures demonstrating transit’s benefits to every aspect of American society. The colorful three-panel card gives quick facts and statistics on national ridership, number of U.S. transit systems, and size of the industry in dollars and employees.
    Free, Large quantities: $0.25 cents each
  • The World Economy Is Moving. Can America Keep Up? - 2007
    America’s transportation infrastructure historically gave our nation a global competitive advantage that paved the way to prosperity. Interconnected systems of transit, airports, highway, railroads, and ports ensure the rapid movement of goods and people. As other nations step up their transportation investments and our economy increasingly depends on “just-in-time” delivery, the U.S. transportation infrastructure needs to keep pace.
  • Transportation Finance at the Ballot Box: Voters Support Increased Investment & Choice - 2006
    This report analyzes the trend in voter-approved ballot measures to generate funding for transportation choices. Since 2000, voters in 33 states have approved 70 percent of the 200 state and local ballot measures that have been proposed, generating over $70 billion. Transportation measures have passed at twice the rate of all ballot measures.The report was researched and written by the Center for Transportation Excellence and underwritten by APTA’s business members.
    Available on CFTE website, click title above.
  • Winning Transit Referenda: Some Conservative Advice - 2005 (Lind, William S., Weyrich, Paul M.)
    This report describes the tactics and strategies that help transit ballot measures succeed. The step by step mechanics for timing, mobilization, getting out the vote, and other activities that lead to successful initiatives are presented.
  • Transit Initiatives – Building a Winning Campaign Toolkit - 2005
    This comprehensive toolkit is designed to arm you with strategies and tactics for organizing and implementing your own successful local initiative, drawing from the experiences of similar campaigns.
    Members: one copy free, additional copies $60.00, Nonmembers:$75.00, available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Trends Affecting Public Transit's Effectiveness - 2004 (Hemily, Brendon Dr.)
    This report takes a comprehensive look at the myriad of demographic and socioeconomic trends that will influence the future of public transportation. The report offers a strategic approach for facing the wide range of trends and challenges. 
  • Enhancing Mobility Options of Older Americans -- A Five-Year National Action Agenda - 2004
  • Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options - 2004
    This report reveals the demographics of the United States will change dramatically during the next 25 years as more baby boomers reach their 60s, 70s and beyond. This report presents new findings based on the National Household Transportation Survey of 2001 and places them in the context of other research on mobility in the aging population.
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+, Nonmembers Fee: $1.00 Hard copies available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiry - 2003
    The report by Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind describes the benefits of transit service for people who do not ordinarily ride it. Nonusers encounter less congestion, save money, and see the values of their homes go up because of transit service. Transit’s positive impact for conservation and the importance of transit for the occasional users are also investigated.
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+, Nonmembers: $1.00
  • 10 Ways to Enhance Your Community: Unleash the Power of Public Transportation - 2002
    This publication is geared toward local officials and suggests ways that they can work with local public transportation systems to encourage ridership and make their communities more livable. Written in conjunction with the Transportation and Livable Communities Consortium, it provides many examples of what other communities have done to spur action.
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+, Nonmembers: $1.00 Hard copies available in the APTA Bookstore
  • Bring Back the Streetcars! A Conservative Vision of Tomorrow’s Urban Transportation - 2002 (Lind, William S., Weyrich, Paul M.)
    Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind explore in this 2002 report how urban downtowns are reviving, and new towns are being built to traditional patterns. Not only can streetcars serve these non-suburban areas, they need streetcars in order to flourish.
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+, Nonmembers: $1.00 Hard copies available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Twelve Anti-Transit Myths: A Conservative Critique - 2001 (Lind, William S.,  Weyrich, Paul M.)
    Authors take on the anti-transit critics and debunk misconceptions about rail transit. This study is an excellent resource for transit advocates facing the venomous attacks of the “anti-transit troubadours.”
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+,Nonmembers: $1.00  Hard copies available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Does Transit Work? A Conservative Reappraisal - 1999 (Lind, William S., Weyrich, Paul M.)
    This report explains why transit’s effectiveness is often measured erroneously, and proposes a new measurement that better calculates the importance of transit, called a transit competitive trip. The authors cite three case studies that answer “yes” to the question, “Does Transit Work?”
    Members: up to 10 free/$0.50 each for 11+, Nonmembers: $1.00 Hard copies available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Conservatives and Mass Transit: Is it Time for a New Look? - 1996 (Lind, WIlliam S., Weyrich, Paul M.)
    This report explains the reasons for conservatives to take an interest in transit policy by refuting many assumptions about public transportation. Studies described in this report have found that rents are higher and office vacancy rates are lower near transit systems, transit service increases development, leading to additional jobs and increased tax revenues.
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