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The Evolution of Federal Transit Policy
Journal of Policy History
  • Sy Adler, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1993
Subjects
  • Transportation and state -- United States -- History,
  • Local transit -- Government policy -- United States,
  • Transportation -- United States -- Planning
Abstract
Examines how the US federal government came to subsidize a greater share of transit industry costs than most other national governments. Since World War II, downtown activists sought to boost their transit systems in the face of increasingly intense competition from suburban business centers; the transit systems of Los Angeles and San Francisco in particular were shaped by this competition. Downtown activists tried, with varying success, to influence the newly formed regional transit agencies and the Federal Department of Transportation, created in 1964. The federal government's role in urban transit has been characterized by a tension between economic rationalization and congressional demands for increased transit subsidies.
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This paper was published in the Journal of Policy History and is copyright by Cambridge University Press

DOI
10.1017/S0898030600006618
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/7399
Citation Information
Adler, S. (1993). The Evolution of Federal Transit Policy. Journal Of Policy History, 5(1), 69-99.