The quote from a SEPTA Board representative is why transit in this country isn't maintained. The way you send a message to politicians that they need to fund transit is to cut service and/or increase fares. I can understand temporarily borrowing against capital, but in the case of Pennsylvania this is a state that COULD afford to fund transit but simply chooses not to:
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Another option, Casey said, is shifting money from SEPTA's capital budget - a maddening but familiar ploy that slows plans to expand or improve the transit system's infrastrucure.
"That would be preferable to a fare increase," said Jettie Newkirk, who as one of two Philadelphia representatives on the SEPTA board has fought previous fare increases. "But it would still be robbing Peter to pay Paul."