KC streetcar tops 2 million rides, and its numbers are among the best in the country

The Kansas City Star, Lynn Horsley, May 5, 2017

“For first year ridership, you’ve done extremely well,” said Jeffrey Boothe, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Community Streetcar Coalition, an umbrella organization for streetcar systems across the country. “It (Kansas City) has done quite well as systems go around the United States. It has been a shining example.”

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5 FAST Act Takeaways: What it Means for Transit

METRO Magazine, Alex Roman, February 29, 2016

“One of the silver linings of the bill is that it allows a big picture look at surface transportation and allows us to see how the investments work together, so that we can develop an investment strategy with all the programs on the table.”

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Second year, second chance for Atlanta Streetcar

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Katie Leslie and Andria Simmons, December 20, 2015

“Any agency doing its first transit project … you don’t know what you don’t know,” Boothe said. “It’s a bigger leap than many project sponsors appreciate or understand.”

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Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

The Wall Street Journal, John W. Miller, August 30, 2015

The battery technology useful in coal mines also helps streetcars get over bridges in Dallas. “Brookville’s the first to develop a car that can go some distance on battery power, and they’re willing to fill a market niche,” says Jeffrey Boothe, president of Boothe Transit Consulting LLC, a Washington consultancy.

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Influencers – Jeffrey Boothe

CQ Weekly, July 20, 2015

As a daily [Washington Metro] Orange Line commuter: “We do have a very good [Metro] system. It’s always easy to bash the system in your hometown, but as you have a chance to go and visit other communities, you appreciate what you have in your community.”

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Consultant Roundtable 2015: Execs Foresee Changing Federal Role

METRO Magazine, Alex Roman, June 17, 2015

“At the end of the day, it comes down to political will. Is Congress willing to identify a long-term funding mechanism that would provide sustainable resources to be able to allow states and local governments and transit agencies to make long-term commitments. There seems to be a lack of appreciation within Congress over the impact the lack of sustainable funding has on project decisions and making investments decisions on the state and local level around surface transportation.”

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How Regulatory Changes Facilitate Transit Oriented Development

Planetizen, James Brasuell, May 15, 2015

Boothe says, “We will see fewer and fewer projects that choose the path of least resistance, because the feds will incentivize those that work with developers to both impact the built environment and positively impact the local political environment around development.”

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Policy Perspective: Regulatory Shift May Help Development Located near Transit

Urban Land Institute, Darnell Chadwick Grisby, May 4, 2015

This is a positive outcome for developers, Boothe says, because projects will more often go “to the heart of where development is located and planned” rather than “to a freeway median or freight railway right-of-way.”

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New firm alert: H&K’s Boothe goes solo

Politico, Tarini Parti, May 4, 2015

“We are pleased to continue our long standing relationship with Jeff in his new capacity,” said Rich Gold, head of the firm’s public policy & regulation practice, in a statement. “Our new partnership will allow for a seamless transition so we all can continue providing the top notch service that our joint clients have known for years.”

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Red Rock Corridor Commission discuses BRT funding options

South Washington County Bulletin (Cottage Grove, Minnesota), William Loeffler, August 11, 2014

Boothe said the best bet was for the commission to apply for Small Starts, a federal capital investment program that gives money to transit projects under $250 million. Capital costs for the BRT are $55 million.

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Cooper says federal funding of BRT doubtful; new opposition forms

The City Paper (Nashville), Steven Hale, May 16, 2013

Jeff Boothe, […] a consultant working with the city on The Amp, is more optimistic. “[…] we’re optimistic that Congress will do its business for this calendar year and that they will have a fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill done that will fund the New Starts program, and will fund it at the level at or close to the president’s request level.”

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8 Essentials of MAP-21

Metro (For Transit and Motorcoach Business), Alex Roman, August 17, 2012

“Give the two parties credit for striking a compromise and actually passing a bill,” says Jeffrey Boothe […] “The industry should be expressing its gratitude for at least 27 months of stability in terms of funding. Having said that, the funding issue will not go away and it has to be addressed; we keep kicking that can down the road but it will not go away.”

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Funding Streetcar Projects

Mass Transit, Jeff Boothe, April/May, 2011

“The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts/Small Starts project approval process has proven challenging for streetcar projects, yet changes may make the pathway to funding more favorable.”

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How Will the Capitol Hill Power Shift Impact Transportation?

Limousine, Charter and Tour, Alex Roman, February 9, 2011

Jeff Boothe: “It’s been a while since there’s been an effort to cut billions of dollars as is being proposed by House Republicans. I was on the Hill during the Reagan Administration, when there was a similar effort to try to cut spending, and it was partially successful. However, the Reagan Administration found out that those programs had constituencies.”

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Tuesday profile: A builder mentality

The Hill, By Kevin Bogardus, September 28, 2010

“For the United States, we need to understand that this is about competing in a global economy,” Boothe said. “If we don’t make that investment, we will find it will slow our economic growth.”

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European Tram Makers to Gain From U.S. Streetcar Push

The New York Times, John Tagliabue, November 11, 2008
(Archived on BusTalk Forum)

“If we get a program funded at the federal level, a lot of cities will be expressing interest,” said Jeffrey F. Boothe, a Washington lawyer specializing in public transport. “At the end of the day, only lack of federal money was stopping them.”

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Transit Agencies Face Catch-22 in Fiscal Meltdown

Passenger Transport, November 3, 2008

APTA is working closely with dozens of member agencies and their advocates, led by Jeff Boothe […] and John Cline

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