To mark this week's "Don't X Out Public Transit Day," the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a new survey that focused on what the consequences would be on public transportation riders and systems around the country if a House of Representatives-proposed cut of more than one-third of federal funding for public transportation actually took place.
The survey showed that if the cuts were implemented, "public transit riders can expect service cutbacks, service delays and overcrowding, as systems will be forced to reduce service, lay off workers and forego maintenance projects and curtail critical service improvements."
The analysis estimated that over the six-year authorization period, 620,000 private and public sector jobs would be lost and $17.2 billion in transportation projects would be abandoned.
The cuts would also have a ripple effect into the private sector, with APTA estimating that 12,002 fewer buses, 6,113 fewer vans and small vehicles, and 2,268 fewer rail vehicles would be made in America over the six year authorization period.
The entire survey can be found here.
As I've mentioned before, the hope President Barack Obama brought that public transportation was turning a corner and taking its rightful place in the further development of this nation just a couple of years ago is now gone. And now, what is the industry left with?
While there is still support from the Administration, there are still no ideas for funding a new bill, and it is growing painfully obvious that the "Golden Age of public transportation," which lasted maybe a bit longer than a year, is done.
So, what do you think...is public transportation doomed for good?
In case you missed it...
Read our METRO blog, "From farm to table via public transit," here.
Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer the author of a recent study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are simply tweeting their problems to the world by blasting out late service announcements. That’s not a good use of Twitter,” she says. “Transit agencies can influence the tone of the discussion by interacting with patrons online,” Schweitzer explains. “It gives people something to respond to, and it reminds people that somebody is listening.”
Usually by early January, I will hopefully have taken down the last of our holiday decorations and eaten or given away the remaining sweets that have become a part of my regular diet during the month of December. Then, of course like most people, I’ll think about ways I want to improve myself for the coming year. Whether it be exercising more (walking from the parking lot to my office doesn’t count), eating less ice cream or managing my email better. The latter practice alone would help improve my efficiency at work immensely. I’m sure you probably feel the same way.
A new National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study solidifies what the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Savings Report has been telling us for years now: riding public transportation can save users money.
June 20 will mark the 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Driving a bus never looked easy. Living in California and being stuck in my car as much as I am, I’ve always had tremendous respect for the men and women who operate buses on a daily basis. So, when the call came that I would get my shot to drive in Sunday’s APTA Bus Roadeo, I was both excited and nervous.