“I feel like transit is a key component to a healthy urban environment and strong community. It provides mobility to those who are otherwise unable to get around, either due to physical or economic challenges in their lives. It allows alternatives to the automobile and is a smart choice for investing public funds in a world where we can’t simply build the highways wide enough to address the ever increasing congestion.
“I think the transit industry is at the cusp of a renaissance in efficiency. Bus rapid transit and streetcars are providing new strategies to address urban transportation needs, and techniques from those technologies can trickle down, like transit signal priority, to fixed-route service to improve the overall reliability of service. Coaches are getting higher quality interior and exterior design, improving the customer experience and changing the perception of bus transit. And hybrid propulsion systems are no longer experimental studies but viable technologies to reduce emissions and potentially save on fuel costs.”