Climate Nexus Transit Center Report

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TransitCenter and the Center for Neighborhood Technology released their “Stranded” report, which examines the impact that Congressional failure to fund transit would have on major U.S. cities. The report finds that an average of 40% funding cuts would leave more than 3 million Americans and over 1.4 million jobs without access to frequent transit service, and that these impacts would disproportionately burden Blacks, Latinos and other people of color. 

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 Key findings:

  • Millions are set to lose access to transit. Transit funding cuts averaging 40 percent across 9 major U.S. regions would force more than 3 million people to lose access to frequent transit. Over 200,000 of those households affected do not own a private vehicle.
  • Black and Latino riders will be disproportionately impacted by transit service cuts. People of color are up to roughly 50 percent of the people who would lose access to transit from transit funding cuts, even though they make up smaller portions of the affected populations. 
  • Millions of businesses and essential workers will be impacted. These cuts would directly impact the nurses, grocery store clerks and other essential workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 and in total would impact 1.4 million jobs that would lose access to frequent transit service.
  • These figures are broken down by city/region and are available in the report for each of the 9 analyzed regions.