Efficiency

Efficient transit systems are able to accomplish more with limited resources. This includes not only serving more riders but serving them better. Efficient transit systems honor their host communities by being resource aware and resource wise.

Efficient transit:

• Understands that maintaining assets in a state of good repair is always more cost effective than replacement of those assets.

• Prioritizes keeping current ridership and increasing the frequency of their transit use over trying to attract new riders.

• Prioritizes incremental improvements to transit facilities and services over investments in locations where transit demand has not been demonstrated and supporting development is only planned or proposed.

• Encourages complete streets policies at all levels of government.

• Requires that new major transit investments are predicated upon high demonstrated rider demand or high forecasts of near-term increases to regional transit ridership.

• Avoids new major transit investments that have high forecasts for "drive to transit” (as a short drive-to-transit can be nearly as bad for air quality as a longer drive to the final destination).

• Advocates for holistic and inter-local approaches to corridor preservation.

• Maintains low administrative overhead.

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