Situated beneath the Santa Catalina mountains of southern Arizona, Tucson has been an important center for the southwest region for hundreds of years. In recent decades, this Sun Belt metropolis has experienced some of the fastest population growth rates of any American city, as people arrive seeking employment, education, or a life in a place of unique natural beauty.
Transit is an urgent issue in the Greater Toronto Area, where rapid growth is causing overcrowding and there is clearly no more room for cars. The area features several municipal-scale transit agencies and a regional rail and bus system. Toronto itself is famous for challenging debates about major transit investments.
Brisbane is famous for its extensive river ferry system, and also for the highest-quality continuous busway network in the developed world.
Houston is famously sprawling and car-dependent, but it has moved quickly in recent years to address its intense transit needs.
Vancouver is the newest high-density metropolis in North America, having developed most of its density since 1970. With the opening of the world's first driverless rapid transit in 1986, it's long been a leader in North American transit.
Indiana's capital is experiencing a downtown renaissance triggered in part by active transportation projects like the Cultural Trail and bikeshare system. Now, a transit plan focused on deploying new rapid transit bus lines on the horizon.
The high-speed boulevards of Las Vegas are a challenging environment for transit, but transit demand is also off the charts. The core of the citywide market is the Resort Corridor, encompassing the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, where key lines run at a profit.
Edmonton is a prairie metropolis built partly on oil wealth that boasts a vibrant urban core and fast-growing transit system.
Situated in the center of the Willamette Valley, Oregon's capital encounters unique challenges and opportunities as it seeks to better match its transit services to the needs of its residents.
Minneapolis and St Paul are often rivals, but both have strong commitments to sustainable transportation.
Spokane features beautiful hillside districts of historic homes alongside easy horizontal growth and the challenges of maintaining strong centers, including downtown.
Ohio's fast-growing capital city is working to improve the utility and viability of transit for its citizens.