Transit Funding

Aerial view from directly overhead of buses parked in large asphalt lot

U.S. Transit Agencies Face a Financial Crisis

Transit providers around the country are scrambling to find new sources of revenue to replace lagging ridership and reorienting their systems to a future less dependent on daily commuters.

February 1, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Atlanta Rail Service

Atlanta Transit Plans Stall Due to Budget Concerns

With MARTA facing a potential billion dollar shortfall, the agency says it can’t fulfill its system expansion plan.

January 29, 2023 - Urbanize Atlanta

Golden sunset view of New York City subway train on elevated track with Empire State Building in background

The U.S. Lags in High-Quality Transit Investment

While other countries are boosting investment in their light and heavy rail systems, transit projects in U.S. cities have slowed, signaling diminished commitment to transit expansion.

January 25, 2023 - the transport politic

CHicago elevated train passing by brick buildings

Chicago Transit Faces Steep Budget Gap

The region’s transit riders could see major fare hikes and reduced service if agencies don’t find new ways to make up for reduced fare revenues.

December 11, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Nighttime bus interior with one rider standing by door

Transit Agencies Increasingly Dependent on Federal Funding

After dramatic losses of riders and operators during the pandemic, transit agencies around the country are supplementing operational costs with federal relief dollars.

November 9, 2022 - The Center Square

View down center of street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Transit to See More Service Cuts

With a projected budget gap of $20 million by 2025 and ridership declining, the city’s transit agency plans to make cuts and adjustments to service.

October 16, 2022 - Urban Milwaukee

New York City Winter

New York MTA Cuts Bus Service

The transit crisis continues.

September 4, 2022 - New York Daily News

New York Subway

How Transit Reform Could Restore Trust in Governance

One writer argues that improving transit in major cities would boost local economies and prove that positive change is possible.

August 10, 2022 - Governing

New York Subway

New York MTA Seeks New Funding Sources

The agency plans to negotiate new options for operational funding as farebox and toll revenue lingers far below pre-pandemic levels.

August 9, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Commuter Rail

To Save or Not to Save the MBTA?

Some lawmakers and residents think the management of Boston transit should shift to the state’s department of transportation, but would that solve the troubled system’s problems?

August 5, 2022 - Boston.com

Boston Subway T

Opinion: Funding The T Should Be a Massachusetts State Priority

With ridership revenue still lagging and fatal incidents plaguing the Boston-area transit agency, one writer argues that state lawmakers must step in to fund upgrades for the aging system.

July 26, 2022 - WBUR Cognoscenti

Red Albuquerque bus with man boarding

The State of America’s Free Transit Programs

Dozens of cities made public transit free during the pandemic. Can transit agencies sustain these programs?

July 25, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Bus Service

Big City Transit Agencies Face Budget Shortfalls

As rainy day funds and federal aid dwindle, transit agencies formerly reliant on farebox revenue are exploring new ways to fund their operations.

June 29, 2022 - Governing

Farebox

Transit Agencies Adjusting to New Realities

As transit ridership remains tepid around the country, transit agencies are looking to diversify their funding sources and become less reliant on farebox revenue.

June 21, 2022 - Bloomberg

Light Rail Transit Rendering

L.A.'s San Fernando Valley $909 Million Closer to Light Rail

The last time rail transit crossed L.A.'s San Fernando Valley was in the early 1950s.

May 31, 2022 - Los Angeles Daily News

A bus stop in Philadelphia, where people wait under a glass shelter for a bus as it arrives.

How Pennsylvania Will Benefit From Federal Transit Funding

Pennsylvania is set to receive over $600 million for public transit and mobility, but state leaders have yet to make decisions about specific projects.

April 13, 2022 - WDIY

Charlotte Light Rail

Charlotte Transit Agency Calls for New Sales Tax To Improve Service

The agency's CEO says the system needs more funding to make service improvements and make the shift to an electrified fleet.

March 1, 2022 - WFAE

Metro Subway Los Angeles

L.A. Metro Receives $1.24 Billion in Federal Funds

L.A.'s transit agency was awarded over a billion dollars in American Rescue Plan funding for maintenance and operations.

January 18, 2022 - The Source

SMART Bus

Is Fare-Free Transit Worth Reduced Transit Service?

Transit advocates worry that the movement to eliminate fares will come at a high cost to transit-dependent riders who rely on frequent, reliable service to reach jobs and services.

November 19, 2021 - The Washington Post

Mount Rainier

How Tacoma Can Build More Equitable Transit

Advocates are calling for a 0.1 percent sales tax increase that could fund improved service and lower fares for the city's struggling transit system.

November 16, 2021 - The Urbanist

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