Political Bites: Local Public Transit

What, if anything, can cities do to lessen the impact of transit budget cuts on residents?

Most cities are facing their own budget issues and probably are not in much of position to shoulder the impact on behalf of their residents.  Public transportation is critical to having a vibrant city and stimulating economic development.  However, it is also something that carries a fair amount of subsidization.  As such, it will impact residents.  Raising taxes, rider fares and/or partnering with employers are all options.