Publisher’s notebook: another year for books
I like to take stock at the end of the year, to think, to count the good events, but above all, to use the proverbial rear-view mirror to see certain things more clearly. Part of this exercise is looking at our internal data to see which stories grabbed the attention of our readers.
Interestingly, the section of Public transportationthe website to see the biggest jump in traffic was the job portal, which saw a 130% increase in visits in 2021. I admit that my journalist’s heart has shrunk a bit that this statistic was not occupied by a report or a feature article, but with a sufficient ego In control, there was an awareness that sharing information is one aspect of our role, while making connections is another. The transit industry is not immune to the Great Resignation, and we are grateful that the Career Portal serves as a resource for the industry to find whatever the next opportunity is.
Rail continued its reign as the first channel on the Mass Transit website. Rail-specific stories also topped our list of the Top 100 Stories of the Year. These included Amtrak’s unveiling of its new Tier IV locomotive and newly refurbished passenger cars at Chicago Union Station in June, various high-speed train plans and developments, and the return to service of Brightline after a disruption caused. by a pandemic.
The developments in Washington, DC, also captured the attention of readers. Earlier this year, it was coverage of the US bailout, the latest in a trio of bills aimed at providing much-needed emergency funding to the transit industry as she continued to face the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed throughout the summer and fall with the advancement of the Surface Transport and Infrastructure Bill and, ultimately, the signing of the Bipartite Infrastructure Agreement Act ( IDB).
Taken as a whole, the news covered and read in 2021 had a more optimistic thread that tied them all. The improvement in ridership, the launch of new mobility services and the security provided by the BID see 2021 ending on a much lighter note than at the same time last year.
We wish you a happy New Year and a happy and safe New Year.