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The future of public transportation in the US depends on who wins the election

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The fate of some US transit agencies may be on the line in the upcoming presidential election.

"It could be do or die," said a CEO of a major transit agency, who requested that CNN Business not use their name, for fear of retaliation should President Donald Trump be re-elected.

Some experts say that public transportation funding has become increasingly political, adding to the woes of transit systems that are already struggling to survive the pandemic.

"I'm keen to get back to a time when even elected officials who didn't represent cities understood that cities were important and that public transit, which is just foundational to the functioning of a city, has to work," Walker said.

The CEO of the major transit agency said the high stakes of the election go beyond potential financial support.

The CEO said there's a night-and-day difference between the Trump administration and Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the topic of masks, which the CEO believes are critical to restoring transit ridership.

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