U.S. public transit faces wave of service cuts

Posted on January 27, 2009

With ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are facing unprecedented fiscal crises in the economic downturn, leading to potential job losses, service cuts and fare hikes that are hitting at the worst possible time, according to a new compilation of nationwide data from the Transportation for America coalition.


To view the map of proposed service cuts nationwide, visit:


Transportation for America’s informal audit highlights 51 communities across the U.S. that are considering eliminating jobs, cutting service and raising fares, but will receive no assistance under the current recovery proposal to prevent the cuts.


Emergency assistance to save jobs and service, which had been proposed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair James Oberstar (D-Minn.), was removed from the economic stimulus bill without explanation. Funds for rail and other transit construction were also cut, while funding levels for highway construction remained intact.


The far-reaching, broad cuts will directly affect transit employees and riders who are among the most at risk in this time of economic upheaval. These 51 systems together are responsible for more than 20 million daily trips by everyday Americans on public transportation.


“Our economy increasingly relies on public transit to function effectively, yet local systems are being forced to lay off workers and make cuts that will slow down economic growth and punish workers — including many low-income households who rely on transit to reach their jobs,” said Geoff Anderson, co-chair of the Transportation For America coalition.


Emergency operating assistance in the recovery package will create and save jobs immediately with relatively limited investment. According to the Amalgamated Transit Union, every $1 billion invested in public transit operations generates 60,000 jobs.  Without federal assistance, the multi-billion dollar transit industry, which employs nearly 400,000 workers, will continue layoffs at a rapid pace.



View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Q'Straint to host 'Emerging Trends in Wheelchair Transportation' webinar

Presentation will explore developing ridership and securement dilemmas facing transit providers, and examine how emerging technologies and recent regulatory changes are addressing the previous short comings of primitive securement applications.

How to Write Effective Mass Transit System Policies

Solid policies — whether for employees or riders — are the backbone of any transportation agency’s operations.

Denver RTD to enhance wheelchair securement area, access on LRVs

As a part of this effort, RTD will be altering the seating design of current and new light rail vehicles. The retrofit includes removing a set of seats next to the current wheelchair areas, which will open up the designated area for easier access.

KCATA set to launch new ridehailing service May 1

The one-year RideKC Freedom On-Demand pilot enables customers to call on taxis any day, at any hour, to enjoy everything Kansas City has to offer.

Autonomous shuttle to use 'cool tech' to serve people with disabilities

Future capabilities may include directing direct visually impaired passengers to empty seats or training the vehicle to recognize sign language.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close