Regional Transit Authorities are facing an $88 million cut in funds through the proposed state FY19 budget.Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is estimating a $3.1 million deficit in their FY2019 budget that begins on July 1
2018. This deficit will
in a reduction in services and a 25% fare increase.
Transportation is essential for creating communities of opportunity for everyone!
Many people in our region depend on public transportation for their basic needs, such as grocery shopping, medical visits, and getting to work. It is also an essential strategy in reducing Green House Gas Emissions and resilience to extreme weather events. Low income communities and communities are disproportionately affected when cuts like those underway to our MA Regional Transit Authorities occur. This is especially serious given that transportation has been identified as a
regional community health need
particularly for low income and rural people.
Public transportation is good for communities and good for health!