Thanks Gov., Even with Prop A City Facing Long-Term Transit Cuts

3_26_09_dash.jpgPhoto: Divwerf/Flickr

It may be 16 months away, but thanks in large part to the Governor’s and legislature’s complete victory over transit riders when they re-worked the budget and completely eliminated the transit operating deficit back in February; either fare hikes or service cuts or both are coming to the City of Los Angeles’ transit services. 

In a report to the City Council Transportation Committee, LADOT officials estimated that the city’s transportation dollars from Proposition A, which fund LADOT’s transit services and other things, would be in the red starting sometime in 2010. 

LADOT listed two reasons for the over $200 million yearly deficit in the city’s Proposition A fund starting in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.  The first was lower than expected revenue, and the second is that the city will no longer receive any funds from the state to help subsidize transit.  How big is the deficit?  It’s so large that if the city cut every DASH, Commuter Express and charter bus route, the city would still have a transportation deficit in the coming years.

Thus, the LADOT is undergoing a six month plan to figure out how to
balance its books.  The early draft plan is to use Measure R local
return funds (so much for the city spending the bulk of these funds on bicycle and pedestrian projects as the Mayor promised last year), make some other budgets and cuts to city-run bus
service.  Councilman Parks asked the LADOT if fare hikes were in the
mix, and the DOT responded that nothing is off the table.

So while the Governor is flying to D.C. for photo-ops and television appearances about the importance of investing in transportation; transit agencies around the state are scrambling to avoid draconian service cuts because of his policies. This might be something that people aren’t used to hearing, but transit riders are actually lucky if they live in Los Angeles.  Because city residents have voted multiple time to tax themselves, our transit agencies, both Metro and LADOT, can put off major service cuts while it seems everyone around us is experiencing major cuts.

The LADOT report isn’t yet available online, but when it is you can find it here.

  • *facepalm*

  • Jody

    Yeah, I throw up in my mouth a little whenever I see our governor mugging at photo ops with Obama and handwringing about needing to invest in infrastructure. Hypocrisy, thy name is Ahnold.

  • Jody

    BTW if anyone at LADOT is reading, I love the DASH program and would gladly pay a higher fare to keep it running. Especially if that means we can eventually have evening service!

  • The government should not be handling the transit systems.
    These should be privately handled.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

BRU: No Fare Hikes Without Public Process

|
Image of "Times": Strategy Center/Flickr Earlier this morning, the Bus Rider’s Union rallied at the Wilshire/Western Transit Station to urge the Metro Board to not go forward with planned fare hikes for Metro bus and rail services until a full public hearing schedule is announced and executed. In May of 2007, the Metro Board adopted […]

LADOT Outlines Massive Cuts, Fare Hikes, for DASH

|
This route won’t be alone in seeing a cut…but at least it survives. Photo: rjmconnel/Flickr For much of the last year, Los Angeles’ transit riders were spared much of the suffering caused by the Governor and legislature’s decisions to eliminate transit funding in the name of partially closing the yawning chasm which is the state’s […]