Chapter in "Transit Lessons from four peer regions"

Alan Hoback



This document reports the results from Phase 1. To select other cities that have faced and overcome challenges similar to Detroit, the team examined seventeen regions, comparing specific regional characteristics and discussing them with transit advisors, and chose four regions to study in depth: Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver and St. Louis. The team has visited and reviewed extensive documentation from all of these cities. From this effort, individuals or subgroups of the team have identified “lessons learned” in each of seven areas, and have written a chapter for this report focused on one such area as it relates to the development and operation of effective regional transit systems.The tone and structure of this report emphasizes stories and examples, rather than a more formal research paper format. This was done in order to convey these insights to a broader array of transit stakeholders in the region. Each focal area received input and review by all team members and by a panel of advisors from the Michigan Department of Transportation, SMART, Transportation Riders United, M1 Rail and the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments. However, each resulting chapter provided in this report reflects the views and judgments of the author(s) listed above.


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