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We believe that transit and infrastructure stands at an unprecedented time. Advancing local government, transportation, and public services will require more than simply money -- it will require a shared understanding of the challenges we face and the solutions these times require.

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Fixing American supply chains
November 2021

The bipartisan infrastructure bill passed. Here’s a primer on how it could be implemented and fix American supply chains.

The bottleneck at the Los Angeles ports is only the first slowdown point on a complex supply chain for imported goods. Now, the bipartisan infrastructure bill could speed up the slow-moving supply chain from the ports to the store shelves.

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Protecting transit: As transit agencies digitally tranform, cyber security risks build
February 2021

Digital transformation is opening new points of entry for hackers. How can public transit respond?

Public transit is pushing growing volumes of data onto cloud networks, exposing providers to new risks that are only growing.

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Bus Rapid Transit: Transit’s best tool for quickly responding to population movement
August 2021

A simple tool to allow urban planners to react to migration of residents

Cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston are building and expanding Bus Rapid Transit service. Here’s why we think more will follow.

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Meeting mandates with action
October 2019

Cities across the United States have set mandates for electric buses. Now they must figure out how to meet those mandates.

City governments, one after the other, are mandating their transit agencies phase out diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in favor of zero-emission electric buses. The federal government may soon dramatically increase support to accelerate that transformation. But critical questions remain: Can city planners effectively manage the transformation? And can transit agencies build the infrastructure to support zero-emission buses?

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Worlds apart: Why the U.S. can’t keep pace with China on electric and zero-emission buses
July 2021

China is winning the race to provide zero-emission transit. How can the U.S. close the gap?

Tucked inside the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure agreement is an additional $2.5 billion for local transit agencies to buy electric buses. That will need to be just a down payment if the United States is going to catch China in the race to power zero-emission public transit. According to a Bloomberg estimate, about 425,000 electronic buses (e-buses) are in operation worldwide today; 421,000 – more than 99 percent – are in China. 300 are in the United States. Why can’t the U.S. move as swiftly as China in building e-bus fleets?

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Five steps for modernizing public transit organizations
June 2020

How public transit agencies can strategically leverage information technology to modernize operations

The COVID-19 crisis forced transit agencies to quickly facilitate flexible operations through virtual platforms. Some agencies managed the disruption better than others. Here’s a roadmap for developing a comprehensive IT strategy to improve operations and better manage the next crisis.

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