Fiscal Cliff

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

The Trouble With Transit Funding

The roots of the current U.S. transit crisis go deeper than the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 2, 2023 - Route Fifty

Fare gates at underground BART station in San Francisco, California

U.S. Transit Agencies Still in Need of a Long-Term Solution to the Looming ‘Fiscal Cliff’

San Francisco and New York exemplify the political challenges in finding long-term finding solutions for public transit in the post-pandemic United States.

August 28, 2023 - Route Fifty

Fare gates at underground BART station in San Francisco, California

Breaking: Budget Deal Saves California’s Transit Systems, For Now

California state political leaders last night struck a deal to keep the state’s transit systems afloat as ridership continues to recover and federal pandemic stimulus money runs dry.

June 12, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Regional Transit

BART’s Credit Rating Dinged

U.S. public transit agencies haven’t yet seen the bottom of a pandemic-induced fiscal crisis.

June 12, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Opinion: Free Fares Won’t Solve the Transit Crisis

“The biggest US transit agencies must be allowed to simply focus on delivering high-quality service. There is no Plan B.”

March 29, 2023 - Vox

A Metro Los Angeles bus driver is behind the wheel while wearing a mask.

Confronting the Crisis on Public Transit

Problems, old and new, are threatening what remains of our public spaces. How we respond right now could be make or break for public transit.

March 23, 2023 - Angie Schmitt

A homeless encampment is set up outside a transit station, next to bike share stations and a ticket dispenser.

The Deepening Transit Crisis: L.A. Times Reports Drug Use on Transit

An article by the L.A. Times earlier this week has raised the temperature of the debate about drug users and crime on rail transit. Concerns about public safety on transit are a common symptom of post-pandemic transit around the country.

March 17, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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Planning Trends to Watch in 2023

The days and weeks since the arrival of Covid-19 have been filled with so much noise about the future, it’s been difficult to distinguish between big stories and frivolous distractions. Planetizen is here to help.

February 21, 2023 - James Brasuell

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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

Regional Transit

California Could Cut $2 Billion in Transit Spending

The governor’s proposed budget would slash public transit investment to help make up for a projected $22.5 billion deficit.

January 17, 2023 - Sfist

New York City Subway

Transit Faces a Fiscal Cliff in New York City—Sooner Than Expected

It's like March 2020 all over again.

July 27, 2022 - The City

Washington DC Metro

Washington Metro Faces Budget Deficit, Safety Issues

The capital’s public transit system, the country’s third-largest, has been plagued by a series of problems ranging from a looming fiscal deficit to train crashes and track fires.

July 5, 2022 - Governing

Fiscal Cliff Deal Levels Tax Playing Field for Transit Riders

While the fiscal cliff talks did not increase the gas tax as some transportation analysts had hoped, it did increase a benefit that many commuters who ride public transit will appreciate, particularly those whose monthly expenses total $240.

January 10, 2013 - Sierra Club Compass

Jockeying for a Gas Tax Increase from Fiscal Cliff Talks

It could be a win-win: Reducing the deficit, stimulating job creation, and avoiding the dreaded 'fiscal cliff'. Those pushing for a gas tax increase have joined other industries in using the need to raise and/or cut $500 billion to avoid recession.

November 26, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Dollar Bills

Fiscal Cliff Could Cripple American Cities

The nation's mayors are warning that looming budget cuts and tax hikes mandated by the federal sequestration process represent “perhaps the biggest threat to our metro economies.” More than 100,000 families may be forced out of their homes.

November 19, 2012 - Time

Fiscal Cliff Imperils Design and Construction Industry

An American Institute of Architects (AIA) report released this week estimates that the mandatory federal spending cuts looming at the start of next year could cost the design and construction industry 66,500 full-time positions.

October 13, 2012 - AIA

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