January 19, 2009
New Directions for Public Transit in 2009
With a new Congress and president, a dire economic forecast, and mounting concerns about climate change, 2009 looks to be a challenging year—and public transportation professionals are taking a realistic yet wide-ranging approach to their role in it.
Passenger Transport, therefore, highlights in this issue visions of the year ahead from numerous perspectives. Transit system general managers, chief executive officers, maintenance personnel, paratransit operators, transit management professionals, and suppliers share what they see as their priorities in 2009.
These contributors cover an array of topics—from implementing system improvements to coping with expanding ridership at a time of economic downturn. Others describe the need to stay current with technology and human resources, offer tips on creating a safety culture, discuss the importance of paratransit service, and examine the impact of federal policy on the public transit sector.
Far-reaching, thoughtful, thought-provoking—but by no means comprehensive—Passenger Transport presents “Looking Ahead.”