Urban Mass Transit

Archive Report

Current Problems in Transit Industry

Financial Woes of Urban Transportation Agencies

As URBAN pollution and congestion have increased and energy supplies have dwindled, interest in public mass transportation has grown among both civic officials and workday commuters. In 1974, a year marked by winter fuel shortages, mass transit ridership across the country rose by an average of 5.7 per cent after years of postwar decline. Although the latest statistics from the American Public Transit Association (apta) indicate a slight decline in the first eight months of 1975—about two-tenths of one per cent below the same period last year—the association interprets the figures to mean that most motorists who switched to public transportation during 1974 have not resumed driving to work even with the return of plentiful, ...

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