budgets

Legislative inaction prompts possible bridge weight limits, cancels signature megaproject

By Eric Sundquist While several states successfully passed transportation revenue packages this year, in two states the failure of such bills will have immediate effects on infrastructure. In Pennsylvania, the Legislature’s inability to agree on a transportation revenue package has triggered a

Budget woes force student transportation cuts

By Bill Holloway As the 2012-2013 school year begins, school districts across the country are looking to their student transportation programs for savings. Because districts want to preserve funding for classroom instruction, student transportation is often the first budget item to be cut when

Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies, 2011 Update: Survey Results (APTA, 2011)

This report summarizes the survey results from transit agencies that asked how they coped with decreased state and local funding following the recession. Download the full report here.

Rahm Emanuel orders Chicago employees to use public transit

In an effort to crack down on the city’s generous travel reimbursement policy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a measure that forces city employees to use public transit for work-related travel. Under the new program, employees who need to travel for meetings or assignments must use

The allure and price of “greenfield economics”

In a recent series of articles, Aaron Renn provides some fascinating insights into the initial economic advantages of suburban expansion and the long-term costs of such development. Initial economic advantages for new suburbs constructed on undeveloped land include: All construction is new and

A silver lining for austerity?

In an article entitled “Do Budget Cuts Drive Efficiency?” writer John O’Leary for Governing.com discusses whether spending cuts lead to greater efficiencies or merely a reduction in services.