2015-06-30

Transit Leadership Summit: 2012 to 2014

From 2012 to 2014, the Transit Leadership Summit (TLS) provided a forum for critical international dialogue about transit issues at the highest levels of executive management. The small group setting, underpinned by research, promoted exchange of ideas that led to innovation in the world's leading transit agencies.

Brief Targets: 

  • Executives at transit agencies and corporations searching for high-level policy recommendations to address operating, financial, political and planning challenges
  • Academics, researchers and students working in the fields of transit management, planning, design and engineering.


Link to the brief: Transit Leadership Summit: 2012 to 2014PDF (pdf, 370 kB)

Authors: Richard Barone, Director of Transportation, Region Plan Association

Key messages:

The public-transit customer experience should extend beyond the environment under transit agen­cies’ control to include the surroundings encountered when walking or biking to transit stations.

  • Involving the private sector can help an agency raise upfront cash, complement its skills, and insulate it from politically-difficult situations. The public sector should set the goals and closely monitor its private partners.
  • Building the environmental and economic case for public transportation, by developing new metrics, is critical to ensuring that the government continues to fund transit at appropriate levels.

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