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Checking Up On The Health Of Public Transportation Systems

Commuters wear mandatory face coverings in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus after stepping off a bus at the Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Commuters wear mandatory face coverings in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus after stepping off a bus at the Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

It’s time to talk about the health of public transportation in America.

From Boston, to San Francisco to Washington D.C., public transportation is facing a shortage of funds and an uncertain future. Many of these systems had problems before the pandemic that have only worsened since the advent of COVID-19.

Find our last conversation about whether transportation should be free here.

That’s an issue for the frontline workers currently keeping America running. Reduced operation schedules, station outages and other pandemic-related changes to public transit can make getting where they need to go difficult.

What measures are being taken by local governments and the federal government to keep mass transit afloat? Why have these budget deficits persisted?

 

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