Now that new transit projects are coming to Atlanta, advocates want to ensure the people who supported the investment will be able to benefit from it. The Partnership for Southern Equity is leading a campaign to reserve 5 percent of the money from a recent ballot measure - about $120 million - for a fund to subsidize housing near transit.
“By denying responsibility for his transit system,” Brad Aaron wrote here last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo “is perpetuating a charade that has real consequences for New Yorkers.” That’s for sure. But can we express those consequences in dollars and cents? Can we estimate how much the ongoing degradation of transit service is costing us? I believe we can.
The biggest potential for transit ridership is in walkable neighborhoods in the city, where more people and jobs are clustered closer together. But regional politics often lead agencies to build transit in suburban areas where ridership will be more sparse.
Available passes don't reach residents with low incomes, many of whom — students in particular — depend on transit.