City Transit Systems Struggle To Stay On Track

Chicago is latest to consider route cuts, but from Philadelphia to San Francisco, fares may rise.

May 17, 2005, 7:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"Transit agencies around the country have been feeling a pinch for some time, and customers are beginning to feel the cost. New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., have all raised fares in the past couple of years, while Philadelphia has been threatened with fare hikes for months. Pittsburgh cut service along with raising fares, and San Francisco is holding hearings this month to consider both.

...Mr. Millar and other experts note that transportation benefits people beyond direct customers by reducing congestion. The 2005 Urban Mobility Report, released last week by the Texas Transportation Institute, indicated that traffic delays would be nearly 30 percent worse - or cost an additional 1.1 billion hours - without public transit."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 in The Christian Science Monitor

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