We warned that the Biden $1.1 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill would waste hundreds of billions of dollars. Look no further than the $108 billion for public transit. The massive infusion of federal dollars to keep these buses and trains running hasn’t done much to bring riders back.
As the chart below shows, between 2019 and 2021 most public transit systems lost 50 to 60% of their ridership. And transit systems were already losing money at record levels BEFORE Covid hit.
Even when Covid is completely behind us, transportation experts like Wendell Cox argue that the BEST case scenario is that transit will have lost 30% of its riders and fare collections. This will bring transit ridership to below 4% of all commuter trips. America needs more roads and highways, not more buses and trains.