A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation (2015)

Resource Summary: This study by TransitCenter traces the human factors behind recent urban transportation innovations in the United States. It explores these innovations in Portland, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver and Charlotte. The study is states that it is one perspective on what it takes to make change. The analysis aims to show that any city can take up the fight to bring their streets back to their people, as long as they have the leaders in place.

Change Forces
  • Agile Decision-Making
  • Efficient Use of Existing Capacity
  • Engaging with Stakeholders
  • Legislation, Regulation, and Funding
  • Multi-Modal Emphasis
  • New Regulations
  • Partnerships
  • Public Expectations
  • Public Information Requests
  • Shift in Role and Focus
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Advancement
  • Transportation System Management
  • Collaboration
  • Efficiency and Decision Support
  • New Skills
  • Operations Focus
  • Partnerships
  • Shifting Responsibilities
  • Technology Adoption
  • Younger Employees
  • Partnerships
  • P3
  • Innovative Contracting
  • Data Sharing Agreements