Cities are growing like never before. By 2035, more than 2 billion more people will have moved to cities, according to a report by The Guardian. Cities are already drowning in congestion from private cars, forcing cities like London to impose additional fees on cars entering city centers. Now US cities on both coasts — Boston and Seattle — are considering congestion charges of their own as a way to reduce the number of cars competing for space in those cities. Fewer cars would also help reduce carbon emissions.

Public Transportation In The US

Last year, American took just over 10 billion trips on public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association. That was a decline of 2.9% compared to 2016, due in large part to a nearly 5% drop in bus ridership. A report by the APTA that came out last week claims the failure of  local, state, and federal governments to fund needed infrastructure projects has caused $340 billion in lost economic activity in the US over the past 6 years.

“Our failure as a nation to address America’s public transit modernization needs has wide-ranging negative effects because lost time in travel makes a region’s economy less productive,” said APTA president Paul Skoutelas. “Congress has an opportunity in the current fiscal year 2019 Appropriations process to help address the nation’s aging public transit infrastructure.” Of course, Congress has its own priorities, like pleasing the donor class by shoveling more money their way so they in turn will generously support re-election campaigns.

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