The hardest project to deliver is the first. Whether a red bus lane or a transit boarding island, undertaking new projects requires changing business as usual. Cities have to define new goals and activate new partnerships. NACTO’s City Accelerator program was developed to help cities develop these new neural pathways, to call upon NACTO’s rich national network and help cities go from idea to implementation to durable programmatic change. In turn, staff in these cities expand their knowledge and become the next generation of experts, sharing their experiences back with the rest of the NACTO network.
The Transit Program Accelerator convenes cities and their transit agency partners to put a stake in the ground and commit to accelerating transit. While bus riderships falters in many North American cities, the places with growing ridership are those cultivating better transit service by improving streets and building strong inter-agency relationships. NACTO’s Transit Program Accelerator convenes those conversations and brings cities the technical tools to transform their streets for transit.
In 2019 – 2020, NACTO will partner with NRDC and Delivery Associates through the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge to accelerate transit programs in cities across the U.S., taking action on climate change by unlocking transit for more riders and more trips in more cities.