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NACTO in 2018: Cities Taking the Lead

Dec 20, 2018

In 2018, 7 cities and two transit agencies joined NACTO
, bringing our membership to 63 cities and 11 agencies across North America.

We graduated our first cohort of Leadership NACTO fellows: extraordinarily accomplished individuals who are taking the lead on tackling our cities’ transportation challenges.

NACTO published seven papers, reports, and guidance documents, many of which are the first of their kind nationally. From strategies for meaningfully engaging communities in the planning process, to guidelines for managing the increasing number of dockless bike, scooter, and other shared transportation services on our cities’ streets, NACTO member put their heads together to develop the most applicable guidance on these topics in the North American context.

Individual NACTO cities marked numerous successes over the year, including the fourth consecutive year of declining traffic fatalities in NYC, a dramatic expansion of the BlueBikes system in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, a comprehensive bikeways network taking shape in San José, extensive work to improve project delivery in Pittsburgh, and numerous transit projects to speed up buses and make service more reliable from DC, Indianapolis, Austin, and Philadelphia – among others!

We came together in many ways over the past year: on list servs, webinars, and phone calls, and at events focused on shared active transportation guidelines (Austin), mobility pricing (Vancouver), bikeway design (Columbus), and of course in Los Angeles, where the whole network convened for the best city transportation party/boot camp/deep dive there is, at the NACTO Designing Cities conference!

Cities work best when we come together to take the lead on safe, sustainable street design, policy, and implementation. Read all about these and other 2018 highlights in this year’s annual report (pdf). I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the year ahead!

-Linda Bailey, Executive Director, NACTO