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Mobility Outlook
Transit agency subscribers were surveyed last fall about equipment, maintenance and other
trends; the results are presented in an effort to provide insight into what 2020 may bring.


ne question nearly everyone wants answered regardless of the situation is "what is going to happen?"

medium, small and rural areas across the U.S. and Canada
(and one Columbian respondent).

Predicting business cycles is an imperfect art form,
especially when those cycles are subject to city, state
and federal attitudes that can impact budgets yearover-year. However, understanding macro trends
can help businesses plan and take advantage of
potential opportunities.

We can't ask every question of every provider, but we believe
the data found within this survey offers valuable insight to
mobility providers and the industry that supports these providers. For example, respondents in large urban areas indicated they would be acquiring battery-electric buses at a higher
rate than other segments in 2020, while respondents in rural
areas intend to acquire paratransit vehicles at a higher rate.

Mass Transit queried our transit agency subscribers during
the fall of 2019 with a survey asking everything from the
size of the communities they serve to where their organizations are with the adoption of data-driven techniques.
Those who answered the survey represent a balanced
cross section of transit professionals operating in large,

Returning to a version of the initial question, "What's
ahead in 2020?" There is still a lot of the year to go before
anything is definitive, but thanks to the respondents of
our survey, we all have more of an idea of what types of
vehicles, equipment and technology transit providers are
looking to acquire and explore.

More online
The entire 2020 Mobility Outlook is free to download and contains much
more information. To access, visit

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mass Transit

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook: What's the Secret to Quality Leadership?
People & Places
NRC Chairman's Column
SporTran's Bold Vision for Northwest Louisiana Transit
2020 Mobility Outlook
Investing in a Peace of Mind
Combatting Distracted Communities to Boost Rail Safety
Modernizing the Message
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