Transit in Trouble

Transportation for America has created a Google map that shows service cuts, fare increases, and job losses related to transit cutbacks.

With ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are facing unprecedented fiscal crises in this economic downturn, with many considering layoffs, service cuts and fare hikes that are hitting at the worst possible time, a compilation of nationwide data shows. This map, compiled from nationwide media coverage of proposed cuts, highlights 38 communities across the U.S. that face job cuts, service reductions and fare hikes, but will receive no assistance under the current recovery proposals before Congress to prevent these painful cuts.

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3 Responses to “Transit in Trouble”

  • Erik Sandblom says:

    Retaining service levels and avoiding fare increases during the economic downturn must be a very cost-efficient way of growing transit and making cities more livable.

  • Adrienne says:

    Muni, here in San Francisco, has needed to be revamped for over a decade. We have redundant bus lines, local buses that serve tiny areas with limited need, an aging fleet of buses and trolleys, and a city whose population is increasing faster than ever before. Muni has been losing money for years and keeps getting bailed out without significant changes in management or service. There is a lot of talk, by the City, Muni and the public about how best to change this enormously used system and improve it. There will be cuts, even taking the collapsing economy out of the equation, and there will be change. I can only hope the shake up is for the better.

  • links for 2009-01-27 « Reading on the Subway says:

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