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Public Transportion vs / and Fuel Prices

Transportation options are an important driver of business and family sustainability, and funding for public transportation is greener than the single car traffic.

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According to CALPirg, the California Public Interest Research Group... "Nothing illustrates how the lack of transportation options hurts consumers and our economy more than the fact that since approval of the tax rebates in February Americans, on average, have already spent the amount of their stimulus checks at the pump. We calculate that average American families are now spending close to $100 a week on gas, up from $60 in February."

As a result, more and more travelers are leaving their cars at home and flocking to trains and buses instead. Across the country ridership on light-rail lines rose 10% in the first few months of the year. Vehicle-miles traveled on roads declined 2.3%. Which is exactly why state budget cuts to public transit are short-sighted and should be rejected.

2008 is a tough year to try and balance the budget. Thanks to the home mortgage lending crisis, and now soaring gas prices, the struggling economy means the state is facing a huge deficit.

Last year (2007) the Legislature closed the budget gap by cutting more than $1.2 billion from public transit services. This year even more funding is at stake.

It's June...and in the height of the current gas price mountaintop (at least we hope it's nearing the top)... but the California state Legislature is considering massive cuts to public transit in the state budget -- to the tune of $1.4 billion dollars.

Just thought you'd like to know...

If you'd like to write to your legislator about the budgets cuts to public transportation, you can try this connection

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