Federal funding helped transit agencies stay afloat through the early years of the pandemic. But ridership still hasn’t fully recovered — and with the money running out and no more on the way, mass transportation systems are now facing financial catastrophe. (Governing)
As the Biden administration meets with Big Oil to increase production and considers lifting smog restrictions (Reuters), transit advocates are pushing the president to lift transit fares rather than gas taxes (Washington Post).
A gas-tax holiday will help neither drivers nor Democrats. (Politico)
Toyota is recalling some electric crossovers because the wheels might literally fall off. (The Verge)
Cleveland is one of 16 recipients of federal grants to address barriers to transit access in low-income neighborhoods. (WKYC)
Amtrak has committed $12 billion to expanding Penn Station, but it won’t be easy. (New York Times)
A California environmental agency nixed a San Diego proposal to allow denser development without parking in single-family neighborhoods. (Planetizen)
Flying in the face of the trend toward lower (or even free) fares, the Maryland Transit Administration raised Baltimore bus and rail ticket prices by 10 cents. (Patch)
The red bus-only lanes on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia are the first of many to come. (ABC6)
Milwaukee (Fox 6) and Louisville (WDRB) have adopted Vision Zero initiatives.
A new e-bike-share program is set to launch in Boise. (KTVB)
Jim Matthews, the head of the Rail Passengers Association, took a solo cross-country trip on Amtrak at age 8, and he’s been an advocate for passenger rail ever since. (Washington Post)
When gas prices go up, it can be a big motivator for people to start taking transit more frequently. But according to a study released by the American Public Transportation Association and Building America’s Future [PDF], even when gas prices start to go down, the newly converted keep riding transit. The report, “Volatile Gas Prices […]
Yesterday the American Public Transportation Association reported that Americans made more transit trips in 2013 than in any other year since 1956. Of course, per capita ridership is still low compared to the 1950s, and we’re nowhere near the ridership peaks of the 1940s. But when transit trips increase 1.1 percent while population rises 0.7 percent, you […]
Let’s get this straight: skyrocketing gas prices are inspiring people to investigate their transportation options. More and more of them are taking transit. Is this really the time to take the axe to those transit systems’ budgets? When drivers switch to transit, they should be welcomed with on-time service and affordable fares that reinforce the […]
When the House Ways and Means Committee voted to divert all gas tax revenue away from transit projects, severing transit’s only dedicated source of federal funds, they were essentially throwing transit riders under the bus. While the House’s official stance is that their proposal still somehow guarantees funding for transit, it really does anything but. “It’s […]