TAM/RTAP Maryland Transit Update is Here
The Summer 2015 Maryland Transit Update has arrived. In this issue, you will find:
- TAM Expo information
- Updates on Federal,State,and Local legislation and regulation
- Calendar of transit learning events and opportunities
- Much more!
Check it out!
America's Bus Crisis
TAM and CTAA unite in asking Congress to revamp FTA’s Section 5309 Bus replacement program
By now many if not all of our members who provide public transit services have felt the impact of Map-21 on FTA’s section 5309 program. As many of the vehicles purchased under AARA program reach the end of their useful life many of our members are experiencing first hand the challenges associated with not having a dedicated and reliable funding source for buses.
Between 2008 and 2012, more than 85% of transit systems nationwide slashed service or raised fares -- some multiple times -- due to shortages in state and local funds. Now, a new post-recession wave of route eliminations and fare increases threatens to once again leave transit-dependent people with no ride to work, the grocery store, the doctor, and other essential destinations. Transit systems are being forced to make tough decisions on which routes to cut, and invariably, it’s the worker who relies on the late night bus to get home or the reverse commuter that pays the price.
TAM has joined with the Community Transportation Association of America and transit organizations and advocates from across the country to urge congress to increase capital bus funding to levels consistent with our national needs. We encourage all people concerned with the state of American public transit to contact their elected officials and tell them that our country cannot afford an obsolete transit system.
TAM's letter to congress