Private Sector, Public Transit

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Key challenges associated with a mix of public and private transit services

  • Public policy implications of privately operated transit

  • How to foster collaboration between the public and private sector to achieve broader mobility goals

  • How to develop flexible, innovative, and collaborative service approaches

Most people view transit service as a public sector responsibility. Yet the prevalence of privately operated services—ranging from corporate shuttles to major bus corridors—reveals a spectrum of mobility options and an equally complex array of business, financial, and policy implications. Learn about key challenges associated with a mix of public and private transit services, particularly in congested areas and constrained facilities, as well as a range of options for addressing these challenges. 

Representatives of a leading transportation and environmental planning firm will lead a panel discussion designed to reveal the challenges and opportunities associated with transportation planning where both public and private sector interests have a role to play in transit operations. Case studies from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts will offer insights into the challenges of aligning goals and policies, determining regulatory authority, and addressing operational constraints.

Panelists, including representatives from state and county government, transit agencies, and transportation management associations (TMAs), will offer their insights and experience and engage in a discussion of how the public and private sectors can best co-exist to contribute to greater goals of improved mobility, reduced congestion, economic vitality, safety, and quality of life.

FHI will pose several questions to foster discussion from the panelists, including:

·        What are the pros and cons of competition in the transit market?

·        Should privately-operated transit services be regulated by the public sector?

·        What regulatory, service, or administrative approaches would you take now that may not have been considered in the past?

·        How do you see the private sector’s role in transportation evolving in your regions?


James Gilligan , NJ TRANSIT , Newark , NJ (see bio)
Naomi Klein , Westchester County Dept. of Transportati , Mt. Vernon , NY (see bio)
Michael Ahillen , AICP , Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. , New York , NY (see bio)
Richard Andreski , Connecticut Department of Transportation , Newington , CT (see bio)
Christopher Henry , AICP , Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. , New York , NY (see bio)
Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt , AICP , 128 Business Council , Waltham , MA