Coronavirus causes crisis at local transit agencies

SEATTLE (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Puget Sound-area transit agencies into crisis-planning mode, as ridership and revenue has plunged and predictions that people won’t be returning to buses and trains in large numbers anytime soon. The Seattle Times reports that beyond the immediate health crisis, the pandemic threatens to undo years of transit growth and plunge local transit systems into a financial setback worse than the Great Recession in the late 2000s. As much of the economy closed down and transit agencies began to worry about lost funding, some help arrived last month, thanks to a federal aid package. Still, experts say it almost won’t be enough.