3. Flatlined transit systems try new tricks

Illustration of a multi-colored train moving fast towards the viewer.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

As cities rebuild their mass transit systems after a year of disruption, they must meet riders where they are, not where they were.

Why it matters: Some agencies are rethinking traditional fixed-route networks in favor of flexible, on-demand rides, often in underserved communities.

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