DALLAS — Public transit agencies will be hard-pressed to maintain existing systems while extending service to new areas during difficult economic times without additional sources of revenue.

Transit officials and experts on Friday told participants at The Bond Buyer’s 10th annual Transportation and Public-Private Partnership Conference in Dallas that low fares, declining sales tax revenue, and cash-strapped state governments are making it difficult to obtain the funds to build, operate, and maintain expensive and extensive rail and bus systems.

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