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Transit Funding

March 29, 2020, 7am PDT
State-run buses and subway trains in Baltimore have breakdown rates far higher than systems in other cities.
The Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2020, 8am PDT
The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has already hit public transit revenues hard, and the concerns of millions of renters around the country about how they'll afford to pay the rent are weighing heavily on the country.
The New York Times
March 23, 2020, 1pm PDT
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has seen significant ridership drops due to the coronavirus. The agency is asking Congress for $4 billion to help it through the crisis.
The New York Times
March 23, 2020, 7am PDT
The realities of the coronavirus are most obvious in the declining ridership, and revenues, on public transit in the United States, but it's not enough to shut down public transit when so many people depend on safe, healthy service.
TransitCenter
March 3, 2020, 7am PST
IndyGo transit officials are required to match transit income tax revenue with funding from private sources, but haven't yet met that end of the bargain. A new state law would hold IndyGo accountable to those requirements.
Indianapolis Business Journal
February 24, 2020, 7am PST
Virginia could kick off an extension of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Blue Line by funding a study in this year's state budget.
The Washington Post
January 20, 2020, 9am PST
In case anyone was getting carried away with the idea of fare-free transit, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has some cold water to pour on the conversation.
Houston Chronicle
January 6, 2020, 5am PST
Gov. Charlie Baker (R) supports a multi-state proposal to mitigate tailpipe emissions that would increase gas prices and pay for transit projects in an $18 billion transportation bond. A bill has been introduced to ensure that doesn't happen.
The Boston Herald
January 5, 2020, 9am PST
With an aggressive plan to build out numerous public transit lines in time for the 2028 Olympics, local officials are scrambling to fill funding gaps as prices continue to rise and catch planners and officials by surprise.
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2019, 9am PST
While the details of funding are undetermined, Kansas City, Missouri took a monumental step in the history of U.S. public transit yesterday.
KSHB
December 6, 2019, 6am PST
The proposal by Mayor John Tory is being hailed as a game changer in Canada's most populous city.
The Star
November 29, 2019, 7am PST
Despite major opposition by residents, the Madison Common Council approved a $40 motor vehicle registration fee (aka 'wheel tax') on an 11-8 vote on Oct. 29 to help fund the city's new East-West Bus Rapid Transit system.
Wisconsin State Journal
November 22, 2019, 11am PST
WeGo Public Transit did not receive a grant to build a transit center, and transit advocates say it’s a sobering setback in light of the agency’s other budget challenges.
News Channel 5 Nashville
November 19, 2019, 10am PST
A new report by the Active Transportation Alliance builds the case for reduced transit fares on all three transit systems in the Chicago region.
Chicago Tribune
November 16, 2019, 9am PST
Planners in Philadelphia believe that the Franklin Square Station will achieve higher ridership figures than when the station closed 40 years ago, thanks to numerous large developments in the area.
WHYY
November 5, 2019, 8am PST
The executive director of Environment Texas makes the case for public transit as a key tool in improving air pollution in and around Houston. Houston voters will vote on the MetroNext bond referendum today.
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) would like to add an ambitious, expensive project to its capital investment plans, but funding the project is more daunting than the last time the system expanded.
The Charlotte Observer
October 28, 2019, 8am PDT
This opinion piece celebrates the new era of transit funding and planning currently underway in the state, but also calls for more: progress, action, and work.
NorthJersey.com
October 15, 2019, 12pm PDT
After Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway proposed a $40 "wheel tax," otherwise known as a vehicle registration fee, the debate heated up about what the revenue could fund, or whether it's necessary at all.
Channel 3000
October 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to force the state of California to spend highway money on public transit, because of the environment.
Eno Center for Transportation