Stimulus Funds New Transit Projects, Doesn't Sustain Old Ones

The Obama administration has been touting its dedication of $48.1 billion in stimulus money to roads and transit projects. But it's all going towards new projects, not day-to-day operational needs.
July 25, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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This piece from The Nation looks at transit agencies that are struggling to make ends meet or even cutting services despite the new funding.

"[T]hose funds are dedicated almost exclusively for new investments instead of supplementing existing operating funds. Alas, even while states and cities are laying train tracks and buying new buses, they are being forced to cut bus routes and raise subway fares. Mass transit lines are being eliminated and fares raised in cities across the country. And cost-cutting measures mean that transit employees are being laid off from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami, Florida. Laying off workers from good civil service jobs, and making traveling more expensive and difficult, could hinder the Obama administration's efforts to stimulate the economy."

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Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 in The Nation
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