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Great cities rely on great transit, and great transit needs great streets. Cities and transit agencies are working together across the country, transforming streets, rethinking service, and elevating transit in the center of the city.

Originally convened in 2015 to develop the Transit Street Design Guide, NACTO’s Transit Peer Network meets regularly to share lessons, develop guidance products and publications, and participate in a robust programming series of webinars, digital design charrettes, in-city roundtables and roadshows, and NACTO’s annual Designing Cities Conference.

This engaged network of leading designers, planners, engineers, and policymakers, drive forward the state of the practice in North America, from red bus lanes and modular bus bulbs to operational strategies like better fare payment and boarding procedures.

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Related NACTO Publications

Transit Street Design Guide

The Transit Street Design Guide provides design guidance for the development of transit facilities on city streets, and for the design and engineering of city streets to prioritize transit, improve transit service quality, and support other goals related to transit.

Better Boarding, Better Buses: Streamlining Boarding & Fares

Transit agencies are moving more people in less time, by implementing all-door bus boarding and off-board bus fare payment, on busy lines and system-wide. This paper reviews the experience of seven cities in North America that demonstrate how innovative bus boarding and fare payment practices can scale to any city’s transit needs, and can grow ridership while streamlining operations.

Transit Leadership Papers

Curb Appeal

Cities are clearing the way for transit by taking control of their curbs. Curb Appeal—the first NACTO Transit Leadership Paper—provides examples of how cities have successfully changed curb use to support transit along busy, store-lined streets where high-ridership transit lines often struggle with reliability.

Making Transit Count

New performance metrics put reliable, efficient transit—the efficient movement of people—at the center of urban streets. Making Transit Count—the second NACTO Transit Leadership Paper—is a set of guidelines that will help cities and transit operators tell a more complete and compelling story about transit, and about streets.

The Structure of Success

City transportation departments have a critical role in building successful bus systems. The Structure of Success—the third NACTO Transit Leadership Paper—details how city transportation departments and their transit agency partners can overcome structural hurdles and commit to supporting effective transit.

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Transit Program Accelerators

NACTO’s Transit Program Accelerator convenes cities and transit agency partners and brings them the technical tools needed to transform their streets for transit....

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Transit Events

Roadshows & Roundtables

Cambridge (2016)
Denver (2016)
Indianapolis (2016)
Cambridge (2017)
Oakland (2017)

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Additional Resources

Blog Posts

Transit Program Accelerator: Better Buses in Denver & Indianapolis (12/21/2016)
Transit Accelerator: Better Buses in Oakland (4/21/2017)
Transit Accelerator: All-in on Cambridge’s Mass Ave (6/5/2017)

Public Webinars

Making Transit Count (4/17/2018)
Avoiding Gridlock: Strategies to Keep Cities Moving in a Pandemic & Beyond (9/3/2020)

Press Releases / Public Statements

Three Cities Selected for NACTO Transit Program Accelerator (3/31/2016)
A Vision for Transit-Friendly Streets: Cities Unveil the Transit Street Design Guide (4/14/2016)
U.S. Government Cuts the Red Tape for Red Lanes (12/12/2019)
NACTO Statement on New CDC Guidance: Transit Needs to be Prioritized, Not Feared (5/29/2020)
Playing Politics with Safety: “Anarchist” Transit Agencies Caught in the Crossfire (10/14/2020)

Press