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Great cities rely on great transit, and great transit needs great streets.

Across North America, NACTO member cities and transit agencies are working together to transform streets, rethink service, and elevate sustainable, equitable urban transit.

NACTO’s Transit Peer Network meets regularly to share lessons, develop guidance and research publications, and participate in a robust programming series of webinars, design charrettes, roundtables and roadshows, and NACTO’s annual Designing Cities Conference. This engaged network of designers, planners, engineers, and policymakers drive forward the state of the practice, from design interventions like bus lanes and modular bus bulbs to operational strategies like better fare payment and boarding procedures.

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NACTO Publications

Move! That Bus!

“Move! That! Bus! Tactics for Transforming Transit in Two Years” provides decision-makers an action plan for improving bus service and reducing transportation-related emissions in the short time we have left to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

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....