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New Video Explains UCLA Study on Transit Ridership Decline

UCLA ITS attributes transit ridership declines to increases in car ownership and use. Capture from UCLA ITS video

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The experts at UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies have a new video out that explains their recent study on why California and L.A. transit ridership has declined recently.

The 70-page January, 2018, study is well worth a read, but get the key points from the above video, or from Streetsblog's explainer article.

The report and, especially its recommendations, are also summarized in a new infographic-laden document called Not Boarding - The Case of the Disappearing Transit Rider. UCLA ITS experts recommend several solutions, including:

    • expanding bus-only lanes
    • making easier integrated fare payment methods
    • charging variable distance-based transit fares
    • charging drivers closer to the real costs they incur, including congestion pricing and parking reform
    • using zoning to foster building more multi-modal transit-friendly places

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