Center for Transportation Equity Decisions and Dollars

Fragmentation of Local Governments Has Direct and Lasting Impact on Regional Transit Service and Future Planning, Study says


Most American metropolitan areas feature a core city, as well as numerous independently-governed smaller cities adjacent to it. These patchworks of communities must coordinate to provide public transit, which is often very difficult. Resulting in large gaps in the system—areas where residents can’t get to work, medical appointments, jobs and school without a car. As planners work to design, fund, and build truly regional transit networks that serve these patchworks, they face increasingly complex and expensive obstacles to building lasting regional integration.


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