US Slashes Public Transport


Grim news for US public transport users as budget cuts bite.

On trains:

  • Chicago’s services are cut by 18 percent;
  • Atlanta sliced 30 percent of its buses and trains
  • Detroit slashed almost a third of its entire system
  • New York, two entire subway lines and a couple dozen bus routes are cut
  • Along many NY city streets bus stops have been wiped off the map

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  1. jarbury says:

    That’s why you need to be careful about where your public transport is funded from. As far as I know many US cities fund PT from sales taxes. The recession has lowered the amount of sales tax collected a lot, so therefore there is less money to spend on services.

    Ironically, at the same time many systems are busier than they’ve been for decades.

  2. Simon says:

    It` also why having a stand-alone authority like Auckland Transport worries me. For the MTA read Auckland Transport.

  3. Jeremy Harris says:

    It isn’t really about the agency that adminsters their systems, it is as Jarbury says mainly a question of funding, they have a dedicated “GST” stream which has been greatly reduced…

    Detroit also has the problem of a plummeting population and the city having to pay millions to rip down abandoned neighbours with declining tax receipts, a 1/3 is about what is justified in Detroit, given their motorway systems a PT system is just swapped with competetion… Detroit is a mess, an example of the future of a car dominated…

  4. Jeremy Harris says:

    *completely car dominated city…

  5. ingolfson says:

    Well, Detroit wasn’t “Motor City” for nothing.

  6. Matt L says:

    At least some citys have some PT, I’m in vegas right and apart from the tourist stuff the town doesn’t seem to have any at all, it is completely dominated by cars with most of the roads around the strip between 8 and 14 lanes wide

  7. Jeremy Harris says:

    Las Vegas is history in a couple of decades, everything is imported, water, food, electricity, people and the urban sprawl is some of the worst in the world as desert costs next to nothing…

    Las Vegas + Peak Oil = Ghost Town…


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