The Rising Cost of Transit Infrastructure

I came across this article from Transportation for America regarding how much our nation needs to spend just to get our transit infrastructure up to a minimum state of good repair:

Transportation For America » America’s transit systems require $77.7 billion just to reach a state of good repair.

Yes, you read that correctly: a minimum state of good repair. As the story notes:

Failure to keep up with regular maintenance and repair in many of our country’s public transportation systems due to tightened budgets is literally slowing us down, through longer commutes, unreliable service and reduced access, exacerbating the effects of a down economy and high unemployment.

The current economic crisis and high unemployment will be with us for a while, several years if the various analyses are to be believed. Investing in transit infrastructure would be a way of creating jobs, pulling up the economy, and moving our transportation infrastructure as well as our overall economy in a greener direction.

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