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)
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 […]
Most transit agencies have been through some version of this scenario: In one part of the city, buses drive around stuffed like sardine tins, while elsewhere they can be all but empty. Car drivers mock the empty buses in low-density parts of the city. Some elected official picks up the banner, demanding that the transit […]
Transit agencies shell out big bucks to build and operate parking facilities. But how much do we really know about what they get for their money? Researchers Lisa Jacobson and Rachel Weinberger surveyed 37 American transit agencies about park-and-ride facilities. They found that despite the expense of park-and-rides and the fact that many spaces go unused, […]
Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.