The Last Mile: Connecting Workers to Places of Employment

​This report provides citizens, policymakers and business leaders with information about potential strategies for improving transportation connections for the regional workforce to places of employment throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The authors hope policymakers and community leaders will use the report’s findings to inform discussions during policy debates, budget deliberations, and civic gatherings regarding public transportation services and strategies in the Milwaukee region and elsewhere. Read report... Read more

Transit Innovations Needed to Connect Milwaukee Area Workers to Jobs

​The distance between the end of fixed-route bus service and the doors of large employers in the Milwaukee area is a major barrier to filling job vacancies. Known as the “last mile,” this disconnect between workplaces and the reach of public transportation for people without cars is as much of a problem in the city as it is in suburban communities. A new study by the Public Policy Forum recommends several options for eliminating the gap. Read more... Read more

Autonomous Vehicles: Hype and Potential

  Every new transportation technology affects the geography of communities and the structure of people’s lives. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are one such technology. Just as the freeway system or the streetcar network shaped past cities and lifestyles, AVs will remake the metropolis once again. The question is how and with what unintended consequences? As with most technology, the answer turns on how the technology is used. Read more... Read more

D.C. Wants Employers to Pay Workers Not to Drive to Work

​D.C. officials and transit advocates are pursuing a shift in the way employers offer commuting benefits to encourage more biking, walking and transit over solo driving. A D.C. Council proposal would require employers who provide their employees with free or subsidized parking to give them the choice to cash out. With that option, workers would be more likely to ditch the car for a more sustainable mode of travel to work, officials say. Read more... Read more

The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

Less than three years since the Green Line opened, it has smashed ridership forecasts by almost 50 percent and helped to revitalize stretches of University Avenue, an aging, formerly car-dominated thoroughfare, as new businesses open near the stations and longtime businesses attract new customers. Transit-dependent low-income and working-class people are commuting to jobs across the metro area, while new housing for professionals is springing up in an old industrial area. And the Twin Cities aren’t done. Read more... Read more

Parking Spots Are Still Hot Property, But Ride-Sharing Is Changing That

​Thanks to the rise of on-demand ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, the need to have a car (and a parking space) is lessening even for daily commuters. A recent study found that in 7 of 11 cities including New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, commuting to and from work using UberPool was cheaper than owning and driving a car. Read more... Read more

Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016

​The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released the first-ever nationwide count of bike share rides in the United States. NACTO’s data shows that over 88 million trips have been taken on a bike share bike in the U.S. since 2010, when the first modern bike share systems in the country were established. Bike share has grown to 55 systems across the country, with over 42,000 total bikes. This has meant that one of the lowest-cost transportation options is... Read more

5 Tips for Mayors Looking to Build Better Public Transit

​A new report from TransitCenter, an NYC-based foundation dedicated to improving transit, outlines what’s worked for mayors and other city officials trying to improve public transportation, and offers advice for other cities that want to follow in their footsteps. While it serves more as a toolbox than a prescriptive guide, here are some of the main takeaways. Read more... Read more
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