CAN has been fortunate to work with several cities on urban planning. In this case study we highlight our work researching public transportation decisions. We were approached by the Transportation Authority Director of one of the 10 largest cities in the United States. The city had experience rapid social and demographic changes and was struggling to keep up.

From 1960 to 2000, the population declined 20%. The city was supporting a metropolitan area of 5.5M people, while only 500,000 people were living inside the city. In addition, urban renewal projects had changed the income and racial mix of the city. Young urban professionals are moving into the city center, while lower income residents are moving to the cheaper suburbs. Also, the city is losing Black residents while gaining White, Asian and Latino residents.

The Transportation Authority was receiving complaints that the system was under-serving specific demographic groups, and needed to determine whether this was true, and how routes, rails and road could be redesigned to ensure access without discrimination.

Learn how we helped the city make smart public transportation decisions.