Now Arriving: A Connected Mobility Roadmap for Public Transport

From Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation

Transit agencies trapped in a downward spiral of shrinking budgets, diminished service, and declining ridership have begun turning to these companies as complements or even substitutes for traditional modes, to mass transit. This is a dangerous path that practically invites disruption; as on-demand mobility continues falling in price while increasing coverage, transit agencies risk being hollowed out by their would-be partners.

The risk is that a new generation of “choice” riders may choose to forgo both their own cars and public transport in favor of parallel private competitors, consigning vulnerable “captive” riders to increasingly dysfunctional transit systems crippled by a lack of leadership, funding, and political support.

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