Transportation Nation: NoCal Public Transit Faces Budget Cuts in Face of Record Ridership

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Don't miss that train, because there might not be another one for a while. Across the country, many state and local governments have been forced to make severe budget cutbacks, impacting the services they provide. Unfortunately for commuters, some of the greatest cuts are being made to transportation budgets.

In the last two weeks, New Jersey transit has cut 31 weekday trains.  Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson joined transit workers in Cleveland, Ohio in a protest over a 12 percent cut in service, including layoffs. Nationwide, public transport is feeling the squeeze of shrunken budgets, and some cities and towns may find their business and population growth stunted as a result. 

For more, Nathanael Johnson, transportation reporter for KALW Public Radio in San Francisco tells us the story of CalTrain, the commuter rail servicing the Silicon Valley corridor threatened by looming budget cuts despite the fact that ridership is at an all time high.

 

 

Guests:

Nathanael Johnson

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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