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Transit: Reconnecting California
Funding Concepts for Cash-strapped Transit Agencies

No More Service Cuts! The Transit Coalition understands that cuts in state transit funding, decreased tax revenue and high unemployment rates have affected the operating budgets of several California transit agencies. Though the latter two will recover slowly as the economy picks up again, cuts in state funding and the neglect of transit on the federal level continue to plague Southern California’s effort to build a regional mass transit network. Cutting service only hampers that effort more. Riders have proved over the years that they want good transit service and are willing to pay for it.

What is being done to stabilize funding for transit agencies?

 

Explore the various rail and bus funding proposals that can stop the continued service reductions and fare hikes:

  • NCTD Transit Mobility Plan 2011 - NCTD had curtailed service frequency and service span on most of its bus routes for the past three years due to chronic budget issues. The Mobility Plan is North County Transit District's near-term strategy to balance the budget and improve BREEZE bus services on our most heavily traveled routes with faster and more frequent service. New routes are proposed, and certain other routes will be extended or re-routed for improved service connections. This includes restoring services once offered by FAST and replacing full-size bus service along low density corridors with smaller buses. (More Information).

  • OCTA Transit System Study - The economic downturn of the last few years forced the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to reduce bus service last March. Faced with the current economic conditions, OCTA is taking action now to maximize bus service with a new in-depth study called the Transit System Study (More Information).

  • Riverside Transit Agency Funding Concepts - RTA is working to protect farebox revenues by installing industry-standard GFI fareboxes on its contracted buses and continues to seek alternative funding through JARC and other federal and local programs. Public-Private Partnerships can also possibly fund late night bus service! (View our comments here).

  • Metrolink MAX, Simplified Network - Metrolink has begun to adopt corridor-based service to cut down on unnecessary costs while improving service. Help us attain cost-effective and frequent Metrolink rail service all throughout Southern California with early morning to late night service span and run-through service beyond Los Angeles (Metrolink MAX Campaign).

  • Get Involved! As a grass roots group, we need your help to restore this vital transit connection. We depend upon your contributions and your input to allow us to pursue our important work.

 
With public-private partnerships with restaurants, entertainment centers, nightclubs, and casinos, transit agencies and cities can acquire funding for late night bus service in Riverside County. Such service will give the public transportation alternatives after dark, reduce dangerous drunk-driving on roads, and provide business opportunities for the entertainment and hospitality sector.

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