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Are the New Census Numbers
Good News for Transit?
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he U.S. Census Bureau released data in early August to help
states impacted by the ebb and flow of population shifts over
the past decade begin redistricting efforts. It's always interesting
to see how the country's population has shifted over a 10year
period, but the more information I saw, the more I found
myself thinking about the various strategic plans developed at
transit agencies and municipalities throughout the U.S.
The Census Bureau highlighted Los Angeles County, which remains the
largest county in the U.S. with more than 10 million people. It's also the site
of my worst driving experience where it took more than four hours to travel
20 miles; an event soured further when the reverse trip the next day took 25
minutes - I have visited L.A. since, but have not driven again. Vision 2028, Los
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's long-term strategic
mobility plan, is designed to help reduce the likelihood someone else will experience
something similar.
Another area of the country that seems to be at the heart of the subject is
Central Florida. LYNX, the topic of this issue's cover story, has a service area
that covers three counties. Two of those counties are in the Census Bureau's
top 10 list: Osceola County for being the tenth fastest growing county based
on percent change from 2010 and 2020 and Orange County for seeing the seventh
largest numeric change in population
from 2010 to 2020.
LYNX has conducted several studies over
As more of us live
closer together, it
may be time to revisit
some of those longterm
plans and move
to make them reality.
the years focused on transit enhancements
along key corridors to improve mobility
within its service area and, with local university
economists estimating Central Florida's
growth will continue, those plans to enhance
service now come with additional urgency.
The Census Bureau says 86 percent of
the U.S. population lives in metro areas
and it doesn't take an expert to understand
increased population density and masses of
single occupancy cars do not make a great
mix. As more of us live closer together, it
may be time to revisit some of those longterm
plans and move to make them reality.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, Editor
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September-October_2021

Editor's Notebook
People & Places
Make Digitalization Part of Your Rail and Transit Strategy
LYNX: Primed for Post-Pandemic Acceleration
How LIDAR is Making Roads Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Get Ready for APTA's Big Event
A 21st Century Approach to Fare Collection
Best Practices
The Scheduling Conundrum
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September-October_2021 - Editor's Notebook
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September-October_2021 - People & Places
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September-October_2021 - Make Digitalization Part of Your Rail and Transit Strategy
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September-October_2021 - LYNX: Primed for Post-Pandemic Acceleration
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September-October_2021 - How LIDAR is Making Roads Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists
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September-October_2021 - Get Ready for APTA's Big Event
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September-October_2021 - A 21st Century Approach to Fare Collection
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September-October_2021 - Best Practices
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September-October_2021 - Products
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September-October_2021 - The Scheduling Conundrum
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