Public Transit Partnerships: Additional Information Needed to Clarify Data Reporting and Share Best Practices

The public transit landscape is changing, as advances in technology have enabled more on-demand mobility services, such as ridesourcing and bike-share services. In response, some transit agencies have started to partner with private mobility companies with the aim of offering public transit riders more efficient and convenient options through on-demand services. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) supports public transportation systems through a variety of federal grant programs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review various issues related to such partnerships. This report examines, among other things: (1) the types of partnership projects that selected transit agencies have initiated with private mobility companies and (2) how the Department of Transportation’s (DOT's) efforts and funding and federal requirements may impact such partnerships. GAO interviewed DOT officials and reviewed DOT documents; interviewed 16 local transit agencies and 13 private mobility companies involved in transit partnerships; and reviewed 22 projects initiated by the selected partners, including 5 funded by the Mobility on Demand Sandbox grant program. GAO selected these partners to represent a range of service types and geographic locations; the results are nongeneralizable. GAO is making three recommendations including that FTA disseminate information about how partnership projects met federal requirements and how data on partnerships should be entered into the National Transit Database. DOT concurred with the recommendations.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 49p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677606
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-18-539
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2018 2:39PM