Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Fare Hikes

Nashville is seeking $18 million from the federal government for a new transit hub.

Nashville Plans New Transit Hub

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Music City could use a transit tune-up — and a new transit center could be a key step forward. Nashville’s civic leaders had hoped to lure more Tennesseans out of their cars and get them zipping across downtown, by building 26 miles of light rail lines and eight new bus lanes with a $5.4 billion […]

Why Charging Transit Riders to Transfer Makes No Sense

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Paying twice for a single trip that requires two buses makes no sense, says Jarrett Walker. Photo: FMynameisharsha/Flickr Los Angeles Metro recently eliminated the charge for transferring from from one transit line to another. Eliminating transfer charges is becoming more widespread among transit agencies, and at Human Transit, Jarrett Walker explains why that’s a very […]

New Survey: 84% of Transit Agencies Facing Fare Hikes, Service Cuts

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Budget shortfalls exacerbated by the lingering recession have forced 84 percent of local transit agencies to hike fares, cut service, or begin considering one or both of those options since the beginning of 2009, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). (Chart: APTA) APTA’s bleak survey reflects data from […]

White House: Transit Inflation Outstripping Private Transportation

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The White House’s annual economic report, in addition to its endorsement of inter-city rail and transit spending, also sheds more light on transit inflation, which is often reported anecdotally in the many cities struggling with fare hikes but rarely put in statistical terms by economists. (Photo: UPI) In the appendices of its report, the president’s […]

A Few Words on Transportation User Fees

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We tend to have a few good laughs when Randal O’Toole fires up his Cato computer and weighs in on transportation issues. It’s hard to take seriously a man who thinks that having the government tax people to build something which it then gives away for free is the libertarian ideal. Do federal gas taxes […]

Transit Stimulus Bill Needs Co-Sponsors in Senate

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Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton introduced a bill in the Senate to provide emergency funds for local transit agencies. Since then, the rest of the delegation from New York and New Jersey appears to have lined up behind the legislation. "We believe that Senators Schumer, Lautenberg, and Menendez support it," says Larry Hanley of the […]