Tough Times for Mass Transit

Source: Dave Demerjian, Wired Magazine, February 03, 2009

With the economy shaky and gas prices still unpredictable, more Americans than ever using light rail, subway, and bus to get where they need to go. Which makes the service cuts, layoffs, and fare increases that are decimating transit systems across the country all the more painful.

Our seemingly bottomless recession is creating record budget shortfalls at the state and local level, and that has transportation agencies desperately cutting costs and raising revenue to stay solvent. They’re counting on money from the proposed federal stimulus package to keep things from getting worse, but today Senate Republicans shot down a Democrat plan to pad that bill with extra transit funding.

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