The presidents of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Saint Paul Area Chamber on Sunday condemned the Legislature’s inability to approve a dedicated funding source to expand Twin Cities transit...Read Full Article »
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus riders resumed their record streak last month by taking more rides than in any other April in PSTA history. The mark is a 4 percent improvement over April 2012 and the fifth highest monthly total ever...Read Full Article »
Gov. Martin O’Malley signed Maryland’s first gas tax increase in 20 years into law on Thursday and announced $1.2 billion in highway and transit projects...Read Full Article »
The union for public transportation workers is pushing Congress to pass a bill to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes...Read Full Article »
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell told members of the Transit Working Group on May 10 that the urban rail plan could be completed in early 2014 and potentially put before voters in a 2014 election...Read Full Article »
A penny sales tax that would be dedicated to state and local transportation projects cleared the Missouri House today...Read Full Article »
The Bellevue City Council voted 6-0 on May 6 to advocate at the state Legislature for a “local option” to fund transit, but only if the funding alternative is decided on by voters. The action followed input from residents and a presentation by city staff, King County Councilmember Jane Hague and a King County Metro official on possible bus route reductions that would impact Bellevue...Read Full Article »
It has been a month since the Indiana Senate decided to send a bill to expand mass transit in Marion and Hamilton counties to a summer study committee...Read Full Article »
Lorain County Administrator Jim Cordes sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation stating that the county will have to give up about $1.5 million in federal funds for transit projects as the county can’t provide matching money...Read Full Article »
A plan that would increase the state's investment in addressing its transportation needs by $2.5 billion more annually cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today...Read Full Article »
Voters decided Tuesday that $1.23 per year was too much for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 to pay to support expanding Lorain County Transit.
The county commissioners, who put the 0.04-mill levy on the ballot, had hoped that the small amount — which they often equated with money someone might drop into a Salvation Army kettle over the holidays — would be enough to convince voters to back the levy...Read Full Article »
Kalamazoo County voters have approved renewing a 0.4 mill levy for four years to fund countywide transit services...Read Full Article »
To complete the region’s transit system – including a streetcar to the airport, commuter rail to Lake Norman, and rapid transit along Independence Boulevard – the county may need an additional half-cent sales tax for transit, according to a draft report released Monday...Read Full Article »
The Vancouver City Council declined Monday to place an anti-light rail initiative on the November ballot.
It was the first time the council had discussed the petition since it had been certified. In April, a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge struck down a state law that initially had rendered invalid hundreds of signatures on a petition to get the initiative on the ballot...Read Full Article »
A concept that would improve and expand the existing public transit system from Ann Arbor to its immediate neighbors is gaining traction among local elected officials...Read Full Article »
It was a long shot from the start, and now Tampa's hope to hold its own transit tax referendum is dead for the year.
The proposal was a top legislative priority for Tampa, where Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants his own shot at passing the kind of transit tax proposal that three years ago failed county-wide while winning precincts inside the city...Read Full Article »
Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday afternoon signed the transportation budget bill that contains a new gas tax, meaning the tax will go into effect Wednesday...Read Full Article »
President Obama on Monday plans to nominate Anthony R. Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to be the next secretary of transportation, choosing a rising young African-American from the South to balance out a cabinet criticized for a lack of diversity...Read Full Article »
Kalamazoo County voters are being asked to approve a renewal of a countywide transit millage on May 7. We urge voters to support it...Read Full Article »
Riding high from this month’s celebratory airport TRAX line launch — completed two years early and $40 million under budget — the Utah Transit Authority crossed a host of other items off its to-do list Wednesday, noting the initial target to deliver five lines by 2015 is "essentially done now."Read Full Article »
As the surface transportation bill nears its expiration next year, you can expect to hear plenty of discussion about how, exactly, the feds will pay for transit and highways in FY 2015 and beyond. The issue, after all, is poised to be a salient one...Read Full Article »
State lawmakers will soon consider legislation to clear the way for ballot measures in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to increase sales taxes for transportation...Read Full Article »
On May 7, residents of Kalamazoo County have the opportunity to renew their support for a 0.4 countywide public transit millage, which was first approved by voters in 2009. We encourage voters to vote "yes" on this millage renewal...Read Full Article »
"Where's the money?"
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority president Brad Miller is getting that question all too often these days, and frequently from people who support and are fretting over the future of mass transit...Read Full Article »
The Indiana Senate today passed watered-down legislation that would create a committee to study a transit expansion in central Indiana over the summer...Read Full Article »
As transit advocates celebrated with a march, metro Detroit's new Regional Transit Authority held its first meeting Wednesday, the first step toward modernizing and making more efficient public transportation with a rapid-transit bus system as its centerpiece...Read Full Article »
As the Legislature moves ahead with its own transportation revenue plans, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday morning recast his request, indicating he's open to a floor of $750 million in new tax revenues for transportation...Read Full Article »
Saginaw County leaders recommended action on two contentious issues during April 2013 committee meetings...Read Full Article »
The Ohio Department of Transportation has told the Lorain County commissioners to use nearly $1.5 million in federal money earmarked for transit projects or lose the cash...Read Full Article »
House leaders worked Monday afternoon to firm up the votes they would need to override Governor Deval Patrick’s threatened veto of a major transportation and taxes bill that the governor believes does not go far enough to increase taxes and spending...Read Full Article »
Call it Gov. Tom Corbett’s road show.
The state Legislature has yet to seriously take up the issue of transportation funding. But members of the Corbett administration have been traveling the state to publicly tie dollars for eagerly-anticipated transportation projects to the funding plan...Read Full Article »
Ten years of planning. Ten years of patience and hoping, years marked by defeat and success alike. Now, finally, a tangible part of Grand Rapids' forthcoming $40-million bus rapid transit Silver Line is beginning to show...Read Full Article »
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce is backing a sales tax increase that would help pay for transit expansion in the metro...Read Full Article »
A new proposed transit plan for urban core communities is being discussed by local leaders...Read Full Article »
In about a month, Greenlight Pinellas will become a frequently heard phrase.
Final approval of the campaign slogan is expected at the April 24 board meeting of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority [PSTA]...Read Full Article »
On Monday, Durham County shoppers started paying for their transit future...Read Full Article »
New Columbia bus riders group aims to be heard Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/03/2706800/new-columbia-bus-riders-group.html#storylink=cpyApril 03, 2013 The State Columbia, SC
If a newly formed bus riders group has its way, riders in the Midlands will have a greater say in decisions made regarding public transportation...Read Full Article »
A minority of voters living in a daisy chain of small, suburban and relatively upscale enclaves around the county's outer rim were largely responsible for last fall's razor thin defeat of a $90-billion transit tax that received lopsided ballot box support, a Times analysis shows...Read Full Article »
Two transit measures that are important to metro Atlanta commuters were resolved when the state Legislature ended its 2013 session late Thursday...Read Full Article »
Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years, acting to replenish a transportation fund that is rapidly running out of money for highway construction and long-planned mass-transit projects...Read Full Article »
Proponents of a half-cent sales tax to pay for increased bus service and commuter rail in Wake County said recently they will no longer push for the tax to be added as a referendum on the fall 2013 ballot...Read Full Article »
The General Assembly’s landmark transportation-funding overhaul and a Medicaid deal that Democrats linked to it are unconstitutional, according to two legal opinions Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II issued Friday...Read Full Article »
After years of riding behind Republicans on transportation, DFLers now in the driver’s seat at the Legislature are pushing hefty increases in taxes for transit and highways...Read Full Article »
Perrysburg resident Derek O’Neal said he will have to quit his job of nearly nine years and move out of Perrysburg to a town with public transportation if the transit levy does not get passed May 7...Read Full Article »
The campaign to educate Pinellas residents about the bus and rail plans they will vote on in 2014 got a name on Monday, and a tote bag...Read Full Article »
An anti-light-rail ordinance won’t go to city voters this fall, the Vancouver City Council decided Monday...Read Full Article »
Missouri senators endorsed a penny sales tax increase that could generate close to $8 billion over a decade for transportation projects...Read Full Article »
To make the math work for his transit plans, Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed raising the metro transit sales tax by a half cent, double the increase he’d sought earlier...Read Full Article »
Missouri senators are debating whether they should have legislative control over transportation projects financed by a proposed 1-cent sales tax...Read Full Article »
Governor Deval Patrick’s $13 billion transportation plan is gaining traction on Beacon Hill, but lawmakers are searching for other ways to pay for it...Read Full Article »
County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to raise Durham’s vehicle-registration fee by $7, to raise money to support new and existing transit lines.
The increase will go into effect in the fall and likely will be joined by an additional $3 boost instituted by Triangle Transit. Together, the moves will raise the cost of registering a car in Durham from $33 to $43, County Manager Mike Ruffin said...Read Full Article »
The demand for public transportation rose last year as Americans took 10.5 billion trips, the second highest ridership since 1957, and 154 million more trips than the previous year, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the seventh year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide...Read Full Article »
The people want more and better ways to get around town, but in 2010 they soundly rejected a plan to make that happen with light rail, bus and road improvements.
Still smarting from that loss, leaders are slowly coming back to the drawing board, pushed by business interests that see transportation improvements in Tampa Bay as the key to economic growth...Read Full Article »
A lot is riding on decisions before the 2013 Legislature as public transit plans forge ahead affecting communities from one end of Washington County to the other...Read Full Article »
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo called for a much smaller package of tax increases than has been recommended by Gov. Deval Patrick, saying he wants to address pressing needs while avoiding any ‘‘collateral damage’’ to the state’s economy..Read Full Article »
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a 30-year plan for the funding and operation of a streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles.
The council voted 9-3 Wednesday to give the go-ahead to the trolley that would run on a four-mile Broadway-to-Figueroa loop that includes Disney Hall and Staples Center...
A bill allowing the creation of a special tax district for the proposed Cotton Belt commuter rail line was filed Thursday by a Dallas state senator, even though a large portion of the project falls within Fort Worth whose City Council earlier this week rejected the plan...Read Full Article »
Yesterday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley released his proposal to restructure Maryland's gas taxes to raise $3.4 billion for transportation over 5 years. The plan is superficially similar to the recent Virginia transportation funding bill, but improves upon it in several ways...Read Full Article »
Most Hillsborough County residents know the county suffers from a poor transportation system and a lagging economy.
What if the solution to both problems was intertwined?Read Full Article »
Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly are proposing to raise taxes on gasoline by $2 billion over five years to pay for highways, transit and other transportation projects...Read Full Article »
The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, which runs the Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) bus system, is considering asking voters to approve a one-tenth of a percent transit sales tax...Read Full Article »
A Dayton administration plan to increase sales taxes for transit would be mandatory in Twin Cities counties and would shift more of the burden of building the Southwest Corridor light-rail line from the state to metro residents...Read Full Article »
A new report from MassINC says the governor's proposal to increase transportation spending could be particularly important for Gateway cities such as Worcester, Leominster and Fitchburg...Read Full Article »
Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved putting a question on the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot that would ask residents whether they would pay a higher sales tax to support a major overhaul of the transportation system...Read Full Article »
Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia got higher taxes than the rest of the state in the landmark transportation bill that passed the General Assembly this weekend...Read Full Article »
Downtown St. Louis boosters envision the construction of a seven-mile streetcar system as a catalyst for economic development between downtown and the Central West End...Read Full Article »
The Virginia General Assembly ended its annual session Saturday with passage of a sweeping transportation deal, handing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) a qualified victory on an issue that has vexed the state for a generation but that also puts him at odds with the conservative wing of his party...Read Full Article »
After slamming the brakes last year on planning for the long-envisioned urban rail system in Austin, city leaders in recent months have rejuvenated efforts to bring a plan to voters by next year...Read Full Article »
Up until Thursday night, the process to place two light rail measures on the May special election ballot proceeded smoothly. But when it came time to give final approval for the first Portland-Milwaukie light rail votes since the passage of Measure 3-401, the Clackamas County commissioners started to split...Read Full Article »
Missouri Transportation Department Director Kevin Keith told a House committee Tuesday that a penny increase to the state sales tax would generate enough revenue for transportation "to make a difference."Read Full Article »
House Democrats rolled out a nearly $10 billion transportation package Wednesday that would boost taxes on gasoline, increase car tabs and even charge a bicycle fee to raise money...Read Full Article »
Wake county commissioners are being called out on public transit—again.
This time it's Raleigh colleges and universities insisting commissioners stop blocking a half-cent sales tax referendum that would bring light rail and expanded bus service to the Triangle...Read Full Article »
Legislation that could lead to improved mass transit in Central Indiana gained momentum Wednesday in the Indiana House...Read Full Article »
The mayors of more than 40 cities across Washington have sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, urging them to consider an 8-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax to help pay for transportation needs...Read Full Article »
The truest sign that Virginia lawmakers might be closer to a possible compromise on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s $3.1 billion transportation initiative could be that almost everybody found something distasteful in the proposal that emerged Tuesday from a key Senate panel...Read Full Article »
Brian Willis sold his car when he moved from the Tampa Bay area to Washington, D.C., for law school. He took public transportation everywhere. When he moved back to take a job at a law firm, he found a place six blocks from a bus station. Yet now he mostly drives to work...Read Full Article »
The Pinellas County Commission will vote Feb. 26 on whether to place a sales tax increase for major transit changes on the ballot in November 2014...Read Full Article »
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley met with Senate Democrats on Tuesday as part of a continuing effort to craft a bill to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue for transportation projects, an aide said...Read Full Article »
Supporters of bus rapid transit made a renewed push for the system Tuesday night, undeterred by a November vote that left the proposal without a clear path forward for local funding...Read Full Article »
A key committee meeting Tuesday could offer a glimpse of what a possible compromise on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s transportation funding plan would look like.
And lawmakers from both sides and transportation experts say the least likely element to survive is the centerpiece of McDonnell’s proposal: eliminating the gas tax for an increase in the sales tax...Read Full Article »
State departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments committed a little over $117 billion in funding for highway, bridge, transit, port and other transportation-related construction projects during 2012, according to new analysis of the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)...Read Full Article »
More than 200 people are expected to attend meeting at the Statehouse to show their support for a public referendum on mass transit funding...Read Full Article »
Utah legislators took the first step Monday to send Congress a message: Please reduce the federal gasoline tax to allow states to raise it by the same amount.
The Senate Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Committee voted 3-0 to pass SCR6 calling for that. It now goes to the full Senate...Read Full Article »
Township boards of supervisors could be getting broader ability to raise money for their local highways, roads, bridges and culverts.
Legislation that passed its first test Thursday grants townships the authority to levy an additional tax of up to 50 cents per $1,000 of property value...Read Full Article »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week proposed a 25-cent tax increase on gasoline over the next five years, joining a group of at least 13 state governments that have turned to tax increases as a potential means to pay for transportation projects.,,Read Full Article »
Living across from an Atlanta MARTA station, Matt Duncan likes to ride the train to downtown or hop a bus to Buckhead or Inman Park. More than a way to get around, these transit lines help him feel more a part of metro Atlanta life...Read Full Article »
Transit advocates used a forum in Tacoma Thursday to offer options that would generate more money for bus service, whether directly from the state or by imposing a motor vehicle excise tax.
“We continue to push hard for more funding,” said Rob Johnson, executive director of Transportation Choices Coalition. “But it’s an uphill battle.”Read Full Article »
Transit supporters needed this.
They needed the hundreds of people who showed up at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon, braving the cold and the wind to share their thoughts on expanding bus and perhaps rail service in Central Indiana...Read Full Article »
The typical vehicle owner would pay an extra $120 a year to drive in Wisconsin, under a package of recommendations proposed Wednesday by a state transportation commission...Read Full Article »
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed "Virginia's Road to the Future" transportation project list includes $1 billion for new rail and transit projects, his office announced Tuesday...Read Full Article »
There’s a persistent misconception in American culture that transit is a big drain on public coffers while roads conveniently and totally pay for themselves through the magic of gas taxes. And that used to be true — at least for interstate highways, a fraction of the total road network...Read Full Article »
Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies. Whether squirming on ancient Red Line cars, sitting in interminable Springfield rush-hour traffic, or waiting for economy-boosting expansions to underserved southeastern towns, just about everybody in the Commonwealth sees, on an almost-daily basis, the consequences of inadequate investment...Read Full Article »
A lot more people in the Kansas City area could be voting on a mass transit plan as soon as this August.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has been working on a plan that would use existing freight lines to take commuter trains from the river market east through Independence, Blue Springs, and all the way to Oak Grove. Another line would head from River Market southeast to the Truman sports complex, Raytown and Lee’s Summit...Read Full Article »
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday agreed to ask the Pinellas County Commission to include a one-cent transit improvement sales tax on the November 2014 ballot...Read Full Article »
The city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County governments are moving forward with the concept of a countywide public transit system...Read Full Article »
Governor Deval Patrick launched a public campaign Monday to win support for raising taxes to repair and reinvigorate the state’s beleaguered transportation system, seeking Beacon Hill approval for $1.02 billion a year in new or higher taxes and fees dedicated to transportation...Read Full Article »
A nationwide survey of voters taken during the week of the Nov. 6 presidential election found that 75 percent of respondents support using tax dollars to expand and improve public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)...
The region’s economy is only as good as its transportation network.
As Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, put it: “Transportation moves people, but transportation also moves the economy – or it doesn’t.”Read Full Article »
Transit advocates are starting a public campaign to build support for a proposal to expand mass transit options in Central Indiana...Read Full Article »
Transportation officials would be forgiven if they found new hope after the Nov. 6 election.
Voters, though, did not agree to pay for needed improvements to the state's crumbling highways and transit systems. Instead, a winning majority was persuaded by Gov. Jerry Brown and school leaders to approve higher taxes to deter any further cuts to public education...Read Full Article »
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to introduce in the coming days his plan for shoring up transit and road funding in the Commonwealth. His former transportation director has been offering some ideas too...Read Full Article »
George Jackson rides the bus every day; he uses the south Augusta Transfer Station and says service suffers in south Augusta...Read Full Article »
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell proposed Tuesday an ambitious overhaul of how Virginia pays for roads, rail and transit, including eliminating the gas tax and replacing it with an increase in the sales tax...Read Full Article »
Gov. Butch Otter said he supports a broad local-option tax Monday, saying such levies could help offset repeal of the $141 million personal property tax that supports, cities, counties, schools and other local governments...Read Full Article »
Even the lure of millions for BART wasn't enough to convince Livermore-area voters to approve an Alameda County transportation sales tax in November.
It narrowly lost the election in part because it failed by large margins in Livermore and Pleasanton despite $400 million set aside for an extension of BART to Livermore...
Faced with a potential $296 billion shortfall over the next decade to maintain and expand California's aging highway and transit systems, Bay Area leaders are throwing their full support behind an attempt to reduce the voter-approval threshold from two-thirds to 55 percent for transportation sales taxes...Read Full Article »
Private developers who want to build a commuter rail line from southwest Fort Worth to Plano will ask state lawmakers for a special tax district to collect money off the route in 13 cities, officials briefed on the plan say...Read Full Article »
Perrysburg voters again will decide whether to fund the city's own public transportation system, this time at a significantly reduced millage for a trimmed service...Read Full Article »