budgets

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.

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.