In light of environmental challenges facing the world switching to transit will be one of the great challenges of the 21st Century. This website promotes the idea that the best way get people of their cars is to offer something that is comparatively better than private transportation. Implementing economic measures that let the true price of driving reveal itself, for example through congestion pricing, is one way to do this. Lifting transit up – improving transit and the communities that use transit – is another way to influence the switch to transit and will be the focal point of Switching Modes.
In suggesting ways to improve transit Switching Mode’s goal is to introduce new, innovative and practical ways to maximize the effectiveness of the finite amount of resources available. Multimodal terminals, transit-oriented developments (TODs), and innovative uses of IT will be key topics of discussion on this site. Additionally Switching Modes will occasionally discuss how transportation projects can be funded using Public and Private Partnerships (PPPs) and exploiting transportation and land use connections.
We wish you a warm welcome to the Switching Modes website and hope you enjoy the articles that are forthcoming.