Transit Unplugged: COVID Cut Commuter Rail; Replace it with Regional Rail

I was a guest on Transit Unplugged, sharing thoughts on the future of transit. Since COVID-19 cut “commuter” rail ridership, and exposed the need to update the service model, it’s time to rebrand it “regional” rail, with all-day service that runs more frequently, and serves the needs of people taking a broader range of trips than the pre-pandemic 9-5 commute. We can also make transit more appealing by applying the principles of convenience, simplicity, and priority that have long influenced policy decisions that promote more driving.

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