The 2021 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium Series: Transit in Transition considers the current state of public transit in the United States and transit’s options for the future. The pandemic accelerated the pre-existing trend of declining ridership. Transit agencies have built fixed route and rapid transit infrastructure to serve commercial centers and downtowns, but expanding remote work brings uncertainty to recovery of demand in these areas.
The more flexible bus is the workhorse of many transit systems, including Los Angeles, and has catered to lower-income transit users. An enhanced focus on equity often brings additional resources for the bus and meeting the public’s mobility needs through alternative shared mobility options.
How should transit agencies define success? Is it increasing ridership, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing traffic congestion, providing access to opportunities, or something else? And how do they achieve this success in the future, given broader socio-economic trends that impact transit use?
We will highlight the work from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Public Transit Initiative and the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies Public Transit and Shared Mobility Recovery program.