Rockefeller Foundation

U.S. Bus Rapid Transit

As more U.S. cities consider adopting Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), CGGC researchers offer a new online tool to help decision-makers understand the value chain. A new report, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, with interactive database analyzes the value chain of 390 firms that provide vehicles, technology, and services for high-quality BRT. Links below are provided to the final report, the interactive database, and proceedings of a working meeting convened by CGGC on March 8, 2012 with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

U.S. Manufacture of Rail Vehicles for Intercity Passenger Rail and Urban Transit: A Value Chain Analysis

This research was prepared by Duke on behalf of the Apollo Alliance with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and Surdna Foundation to help inform the Apollo Alliance’s Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan by mapping out the U.S. value chain for manufacturing rail cars and parts for passenger trains. The report identifies a healthy domestic supply base of 249 U.S. manufacturing locations across 35 states, but also identifies gaps in domestic capabilities and areas in which U.S.-based firms should pursue higher-value activities such as design, engineering and systems integration.

Marcy Lowe gave a presentation (linked below) “Passenger and Transit Rail Vehicles: The U.S. Supply Chain” on May 4, 2010, at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference held in May in Washington, D.C. The conference was dedicated to transforming ideas into action and building a revitalized, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming, and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.

ProgressiveRailroading.com published an article regarding the study on June 25, 2010, “Passenger rail-car supply industry has growth potential.”