advertisement advertisement advertisement Even before the pandemic, mass transit in the U.S. had been struggling: 2018 marked the fourth straight year of ridership decline across the country, and though 2019 offered some hope with two full quarters of ridership growth, the pandemic crushed that progress. For public transit systems, fewer riders means less revenue, compounding longstanding funding issues. But with the Biden administration now in place, transit experts see hope for their industry's future—one that is inextricably tied to climate goals and social equity—as long as the administration can get them the funding and federal policies they need. advertisement advertisement Just because fewer people are riding subways and buses doesn't mean they don't want, or need, transit as an option. In New York City, subway ridership is down about 70% compared to the year before, but the drop for bus ridership hovers closer to 55%. "A remarkably large percentage of bus riders are essential workers, and everyone else on the bus has no other way to get around," says Danny Pearlstein of transit advocacy group Riders Alliance. This is part of a series on big ideas that Biden can tackle in his first 100 days . Read the rest of… Read full this story
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