For much for the twentieth century, public policy and investment in the United States focused on highway expansion and separated land uses. While these decisions spurred growth, they also encouraged sprawl, increased driving, and ultimately took a toll on vibrant communities, energy security, and the environment. Today, ITDP is helping cities rethink their growth strategy and refocus on revitalizing downtowns, smart public transit, and dense, mixed-use development.
Bus Rapid Transit
In the last decade, many US cities have taken bold steps to develop bus rapid transit corridors, some ranking Bronze or better. Several US cities are racing to build the first “gold-standard” BRT in the United States. In recent years, ITDP US has been working intensively in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to provide direct technical and political assistance towards the development of full gold-standard BRT in each of these cities. As one of the world’s leading organizations in BRT planning, ITDP has been using our knowledge and experience from cities around the globe to bring true, gold-standard BRT to the US.
In the United States, many cities have strong urban planning technical knowledge, but may not be familiar with newer models for sustainable growth, or need stronger political leadership to bring these projects to fruition. ITDP helps cities develop solutions to improve mobility by working with local leaders and transit agency officials to share international best practices, improve technical literacy, and increase public understanding of project benefits. ITDP and TransitCenter have established a program offering transit agency board members the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, learn solutions to their cities’ problems, and understand how to accomplish their goals. Click here for more details on the Transit Agency Board Member Fellows Program.