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The Economic Consequences of Proposed Transit Cuts

What would America look like without public transportation?

It is a scary question, but it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility. President Trump’s budget preview includes deep cuts to public transportation that would start by jeopardizing $38 billion in transit projects already in various stages of development. And that could be just the tip of the iceberg. We may be seeing the first step toward eliminating federal funding for public transportation altogether.

Public transportation projects of all sizes, all around the country, rely on a combination of federal, state, and local funding. The Trump budget puts at risk dozens of public transit projects that had already received commitments from the federal government. These projects include expansions of public transit in large, congested urban areas such as Phoenix, Indianapolis, and Dallas, but also in smaller cities such as Durham (NC), Baton Rouge (LA), and Reno (NV).

Transportation Cuts Would Cost Jobs and Hurt Communities

For millions of Americans, these funding cuts would translate into lost jobs. People would have fewer options for employment and education. Those who cannot drive would have more difficulty accessing healthcare and community services.

Negative impacts at the personal level also mean negative impacts at the community level—particularly when it comes to economic development and job creation. Numerous studies have shown that public transit funding pays off by creating private-sector jobs, attracting investments, and spurring business growth. These would all be at risk if Congress enacts President Trump’s proposal.

What Do the President’s Proposed Cuts Mean in Real Numbers?

Among other things, the President’s recommended budget would drastically reduce funding for the innovative, competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant program. Since 2009, this program has cost-effectively provided more than $5 billion to more than 420 transportation programs in all 50 states.

Cuts to the federal “New Starts” program could put at risk more than 800,000 jobs, including 502,000 construction and related jobs; and an additional 300,000 longer term jobs associated with economic productivity.

How Would a World Without Public Transit Affect You?

We are at a crossroads for public transit. What would happen if our nation ended federal support for public transportation altogether? What would your life be like if public transit in your community couldn’t improve and expand—and what would be the consequences for your community as a whole?

We want to hear from you! Please take our brief 7-question survey to help us highlight what a world without public transit would look like.