Bus Capital Losses by State: Visualizations and Rankings

Visualizing Bus Capital Rankings

Almost no one came out on top when it came to the evisceration of bus capital funds under MAP-21. The 62%, or $463 million, annual decrease in funding was shared by virtually the entire country, although some states absorbed more losses than others.

Overall, 47 states lost a total of $1.4 billion over the last 3 years.

36 states saw their bus capital programs cut in half, or worse.
17 states had their programs cut by 75% or more.
3 states: Alaska, New Jersey, and Alabama saw their programs cut by over 90%.

Here’s a clickable map showing how much each state lost, coded by percentage. (Click the home icon if you get lost)

The four states that lost the most dollars are some of the most densely populated: Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California. But the next four include Alabama, North Carolina, and Alaska — three of the least dense states in the country. The effects of bus capital cuts transcend geography and political party, hurting just about everyone.

Here’s a visualization to put the nominal and percentage declines in perspective.

Plotting Nominal and Percentage of Bus Capital Losses

Bus Capital Winners

The other three states saw negligible increases from the bus program: Arizona, Delaware, and Wyoming. Delaware’s was notable in that it got a 49% boost, to almost $1 million annually. While most programs nationwide were decimated, our nation’s capital got a 1,200% increase from $475,000 to $6.3 million. Puerto Rico did well too, going from $2.2 to $3.2 million.

Overall, the outcome is clear. Bus programs just about everywhere were decimated.

To learn more about how this happened, check out our Report: How MAP-21 Cost Bus Systems Over $1.4 Billion. To understand why it happened, read more here.

Below is a table of all 50 states and the bus money they lost by dollars and percentage.

Bus Capital Losses by State (2013-2015)