Outlook 2018: APTA leader forecasts great challenges, greater opportunities for transit

Still, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Senior Adviser Richard White believes 2018 holds a wealth of opportunities for transit agencies. For one, agencies can begin exploring collaborative partnerships with ride-sharing services instead of viewing them as competitors.
“Traditional public transit operators will need to become mobility managers in the broadest sense,” explains White, who previously served as APTA’s acting president and chief executive officer. “That transformation needs to begin now, and we’re already seeing it happen.”
Below, White shares his thoughts on some other big-picture transit industry issues that likely will be crucial ones in the coming year.