Report: GOVERNANCE OF REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS
A new report by Anne Golden titled “Governance of Regional Transit Systems: Observations on Washington, New York, and Toronto,” was published by The Wilson Centre and released in June 2014.
An abstract is provided below. The full report can be downloaded HERE.
This report examines the governance models of the regional transit agencies in three large metropolitan areas: Washington, D.C., New York, and Toronto. After reviewing the history, structure, and challenges of each system, it assesses the governance arrangements in relation to widely accepted principles of good governance. It concludes that given the unique circumstances in each region, the models are not transferable and specific governance challenges require singular responses. Non-governmental organizations can make substantial planning and advocacy contributions. A shared vision and values among those with decision-making authority matter more than the actual governance structure. There are pros and cons to having elected officials on regional transit boards, but positive engagement with locally elected representatives is essential. Financing cannot be separated from governance; a predictable and sufficient funding framework is an integral part of good governance.