Bus

OCTA: New Calif. budget will impact services

Posted on February 19, 2009

Following a three-month impasse, which culminated in an all-night compromise session and a vote at dawn Thursday, the California Legislature passed a budget package that addresses the state's massive deficit with billions of dollars in new taxes and program cuts, including to transit.

The State Transit Assistance program, the only ongoing source of state funding for day-to-day transit operations, was slashed for the remainder of this year and completely eliminated from the 2009-2010 budget. Statewide, this could mean a total of $536 million hit to public transportation, according to the Orange County (Calif.) Transportation Authority (OCTA), which adds that this action will result in a loss of more than $21 million for the agency through the fiscal year ending June 30.

“Not only is this is a significant short-term loss for OCTA but it demonstrates an utter lack of commitment to public transportation at a time when ridership throughout the state has been on the rise,” said OCTA Chairman Peter Buffa. “Balancing the budget for the next two years presents a daunting challenge for the board of directors.”

Plummeting state sales tax revenue also will result in a $19 million loss for OCTA, all while the agency is facing a more than $40 million shortfall in this year’s $263 million budget.

For their part, OCTA has been bracing for this hit during the months of ongoing state budget negotiations by adding a fare increase of approximately 25 percent in January, making minor cuts to bus services, and implementing a hiring freeze and cutting capital expenses. 

Moving forward, the board is expected to eliminate raises and bonuses for administrative employees beginning July 1. Additional service reductions are anticipated and further cost-cutting measures will be necessary.

OCTA operates 80 bus routes and handled nearly 69 million boardings in 2008.

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

More News

BC Transit piloting video cameras on buses

Up to six cameras will be installed on each bus. There is no live monitoring of the video which will only be removed and viewed by authorized security staff following a reported incident. Only video required for security purposes will be retained, all other video will be erased.

Calif. agencies approve merger

Pending adoption by its member entities, the merger between Victor Valley Transit Authority and Barstow Area Transit is slated to take effect July 1, 2015.

MCI Stands Up for Transportation in Pembina, Chicago and Louisville

Officials at MCI’s Pembina plant included Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; North Dakota Commerce Department Commissioner Alan Anderson; Gail Hand, northeastern director for Sen Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Tom Brusegaard, regional director for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D;  Pembina County Commissioner Hetty Walker; and Cavalier, N.D. Mayor Ken Briese.

Uber adds rickshaws to service in India

Drivers are told to say ‘namaste,’ a common Indian greeting, and are encouraged to use their meters. Uber pays its drivers an additional 40 rupees, or just over 60 cents, per ride on top of the fare.

2,627 complaints lodged on Fla.'s HART bus system

The unedited complaints represent only one side of the story and often are fired off by people who are upset. HART says its own GPS and video technology shows many are plain wrong. The agency relies upon the list to target areas of customer service that are in need of improvement.

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 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