Bus

APTA : 9 of 10 systems to raise fares, cut service

Posted on June 15, 2009

A new survey released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that more than 80 percent of public transit systems have seen flat or decreased funding from local, regional and state funding. Among transit systems facing this decreased funding, nine out of ten transit systems (89 percent) were forced to raise fares or cut service.

The report, "Challenge of State and Local Funding Constraints on Transit Systems: Effects on Service Fares, Employment and Ridership" shows that among those systems facing revenue declines almost half of the transit systems (47 percent) reported they have both raised and cut service to address funding shortfalls. The report is based on a survey of 98 APTA transit system members representing more than one-half of the nation's transit riders, and includes 10 of the top 15 agencies in terms of annual ridership.

"With state and local revenues declining due to the recession, public transit systems are facing severe financial challenges, and America's riders are paying the price," said APTA President William Millar. "Raising fares and cutting service drives people away from using public transit and is counterproductive, as America struggles to create jobs, cut greenhouse gases, and reduce our reliance on expensive foreign oil."

APTA called on Congress to include an allocation of cap and trade revenues for public transportation in current climate change legislation, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), pointing out that public transit is a part of the solution to address climate change, already saving 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 4.2 billion gallons of fuel per year. APTA also urged quick passage of the House and Senate conferee provision in the pending war supplemental bill to permit transit systems to use up to 10 percent of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) formula funds for operating purposes.

"The bottom line is that additional funding for both capital and operating costs is urgently needed and that all levels of government - local, state, and federal - must step up and expand investment in America's public transit systems to meet our country's economic, energy and environmental challenges, while increasing mobility choices," said Millar.

To view the full report, click here.

 

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

More News

Allied Specialty Vehicles names new Goshen Coach VP/GM

Joey Belle has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and operations, including 22 years at E-One in supervisor and director positions and three years VP, operations, at Capacity Trucks where he played an integral role in the product development and launch of the company’s new Sabre terminal truck platform.

SMART to spend $35 million on 80 new buses

Purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66% of voters approved a tax increase to help the agency upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating issue boost.

New York City Transit introduces bicycle racks to buses

Racks available on S53, S93 Routes for 1-Year pilot testing feasibility and impact to service.

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

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