National funding issues
Current economic troubles throughout the nation are affecting public transit. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) two-part series for Blueprint America on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, examines the issue. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/transit-in-trouble/video-public-transit-faces-new-pressures/485/ An episode of PBS’ Now discusses the service reductions being made by transit agencies and how the stimulus may or may not help public transit. The show also describes how expenditures federal funding for roads and transportation are distributed to the states. http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/507/ Transportation for America has compiled a map showing transit agencies facing proposed service reductions, job cuts and fare increases in 85 communities across the U.S. Together, these systems are responsible for more than 21 million trips each day by everyday Americans. http://t4america.org/transitcuts
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Yellow = Service Cuts Green = Fare Increases Purple = Service Cuts and Fare Increases Red = Service Cuts and Job Losses Turquoise = Fare Increases and Job Losses $$ = Service Cuts, Job Losses, and Fare Increases.