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Voters Approve Billions For Systems, But It’s Still No Gravy Train

Publication Date: 12/3/2008
Author: Aileen Cho, Joe Florkowski, Jim Parsons, Tony Illia & Lucy Bodilly
Format: HTML

Call it a double-edged sword, a perfect storm or—stealing a quote from Charles Dickens—American Public Transportation Association President William Millar describes the state of transit as, “The best of times, the worst of times.” From California to the Carolinas, the acceptance of and desire for transit systems is unprecedented. Voters in November approved more than 20 pro-transit ballot initiatives, most notably Proposition 1B in California that calls for $9.95 billion for a high-speed rail system stretching from Sacramento to San Diego.

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