News for 2013
For two decades, and especially since voters approved a $40-billion transit tax in 2008, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has ranked among the most important patrons of public architecture in Southern California...
ST. PETERSBURG -- Local organizations are continuing to push for expanded mass transit in the Bay area with a referendum on next November's ballot...Read Full Article »
Supporters of Pinellas County's November transit referendum should be encouraged by a new poll that shows strong support for funding expanded bus service and a new rail system as part of a modern transportation system. While the election is 11 months away, the poll results offer a road map to Pinellas officials on how to present a compelling case — and a hint at how Hillsborough County could move ahead in helping develop a regional system...Read Full Article »
With a vote on a major transportation initiative less than a year away in Pinellas County, voters on both sides of Tampa Bay narrowly support the idea of a sales tax increase to pay for expanding mass transit, according to a new poll...Read Full Article »
The metropolitan Atlanta area has four big mass transit providers — MARTA, GRTA Express, Cobb Transit, and Gwinnett Transit — and each one has its own schedule and payment systems. Earlier this month, as a first step toward better transit coordination, the state Senate recommended creating a single website where travelers can go to plan trips across the city. By next summer, Atlanta should have one mass transit site to rule them all...Read Full Article »
Traffic and congestion are the top concerns of Tigard residents according to municipal surveys. But next March city voters will be asked to stop the solution being prepared by regional leaders, a new high-capacity transit corridor between Portland and Tualatin. It is supported by the Multnomah County Commission and the city of Portland...Read Full Article »
Metro officials are considering a new transportation tax measure on the Los Angeles County ballot in 2014 or 2016, a move that could speed up construction work for ongoing projects or allow the agency to approve new ones...Read Full Article »
Transportation officials in Los Angeles County plan to offer a ballot measure next fall or in 2016 that would raise the county's sales tax by half a cent or extend the life of Measure R, the levy voters approved in 2008...
CINCINNATI — It has been a long time since a streetcar was just a streetcar here...Read Full Article »
When voters in Sonoma and Marin counties passed a sales tax measure in 2008 to fund a commuter rail system, they were told trains would be running between Cloverdale and Larkspur in 2014...Read Full Article »
When Measure R was approved by voters in 2008, it allowed our region to move forward on a program of highway and transit improvements that benefited all areas of Los Angeles County, dramatically improving the transportation options and landscape for all county residents...Read Full Article »
Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, wants lawmakers to do something risky during the upcoming election year: debate whether to allow local governments to raise sales tax for mass transit by about 67 percent...Read Full Article »
Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, wants lawmakers to do something risky during the upcoming election year: debate whether to allow local governments to raise sales tax for mass transit by about 67 percent...Read Full Article »
STANISLAUS COUNTY — A vote by residents throughout Stanislaus County on a transportation tax in November remains a possibility despite reservations of transportation leaders...Read Full Article »
New York City has the most robust transit system in the country. Serving more riders each day than the 20 next largest U.S. systems combined, the city’s subways and buses are a vital catalyst for economic prosperity...Read Full Article »
More than a half-century after streetcars disappeared from local thoroughfares, leaders in Sacramento and West Sacramento want to bring them back to help reshape downtown as a more convenient and vibrant place to live, work and play. But to do it, they likely will need financial help from hundreds of property owners...Read Full Article »
Elise Mead is part of a new generation of transit riders who will help make or break the struggling Northstar commuter line...Read Full Article »
A report out last week by the Blue Green Alliance says that more than half of the state's roads are in poor or mediocre condition and need increased investment to be safe, efficient and productive for Minnesotans...Read Full Article »
The city of Aurora is aiming to win back the favor of developers interested in putting up storefronts and apartments near new light-rail stations after an increase in tap water connection fees upped those builders' infrastructure investments...
People living near the new Expo Line started taking transit more and driving significantly less, a University of Southern California study has found...Read Full Article »
What would it take to get Los Angeles residents to drive less? New research indicates that building light rail is working well...Read Full Article »
Since 1999, Salt Lake City, Utah, has added 140 miles of light rail and commuter rail — each line completed early and under budget...Read Full Article »
CLEARWATER — For the most part, local politicians are all on-board the push to put a referendum on an expanded bus service and new light rail network in front of voters in November...Read Full Article »
Oklahoma's biggest transit systems, often used by low-income people, provide less service than those of other cities in the region despite ridership increasing, federal data show...Read Full Article »
The landmark transportation bill that's expected to pump billions of dollars into repairing and maintaining Pennsylvania's roads and bridges likely will help transform the Butler Transit Authority, its executive director said...Read Full Article »
Ridership has increased, but elected officials say their constituencies do not favor supporting the bus service...Read Full Article »
TAMPA — Hillsborough County’s already congested traffic system will only grow worse unless significant improvements are made before 2040, when the county’s population is projected to have grown by more than 500,000 people...Read Full Article »
The Williamsport Area Transportation Study met Tuesday morning for a technical committee public meeting, and the message from everyone involved seemed to be the same: the future is bright for all things transportation...Read Full Article »
SEATTLE — Negotiations continue, but there is no sign that Washington State lawmakers will pass the needed transportation funding package before the end of the year...Read Full Article »
CLEARWATER — The future of mass transit in Pinellas County is now in the hands of the voters...Read Full Article »
Times have changed for us in Pinellas County. Once we were viewed only as a place to ride off into the sunset; now we are on the leading edge of what Florida is looking like as a whole — younger and more diverse...Read Full Article »
If Missourians really are interested in maintaining and improving the state’s transportation system, there’s a chance they’ll have an opportunity to say so with their votes next November...Read Full Article »
Somerville —There are people in the Commonwealth who do not believe that revenue is needed to maintain and improve the state’s transportation system, including maintaining the streets where we live...
ST. PETERSBURG — Elected officials and transit advocates are quietly building a coalition of diverse groups to bolster support for the transit expansion plan that will go before voters in November 2014...Read Full Article »
Fireworks burst to greet a new Sugar House Streetcar as it arrived Thursday packed with officials for the line’s opening ceremonies. Leaders then hailed the project for also making local development boom...Read Full Article »
Transportation officials now expect the Atlanta Streetcar's initial 2.7-mile loop to open sometime in May, as opposed to April, as was previously expected. But that's not the biggest streetcar news of the week: The city was recently named a Federal Transit Administration grant designee. That means, for the first time, Atlanta will be able to apply directly for federal funding — instead of relying on MARTA to apply on its behalf — when it comes time to expand the streetcar system...Read Full Article »
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Next Tuesday, the Pinellas County commission will hold a public hearing on ballot language for a referendum on a proposed transit tax swap. The cash flow for mass transit would quadruple if a one-cent sales tax replaces the current transit property tax...Read Full Article »
SEATTLE — The clock is ticking for the Legislature to approve a multibillion-dollar transportation package before King County Metro Transit will have to slash bus routes. County Executive Dow Constantine is already shopping a ‘Plan B,’ which involves raising local taxes, if state lawmakers continue to stall...Read Full Article »
Members of the United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society gathered Tuesday afternoon for a lunch-and-learn session to discuss upcoming projects coming out of the transportation penny tax...Read Full Article »
COLUMBIA, SC — The citizens watchdog committee for Richland County’s new transportation sales tax will hold a “state of the penny” meeting this month...Read Full Article »
Regional Transit Authority officials announced Wednesday the state Legislature is considering additional funding that would allow the authority’s presumptive CEO to hire a staff...
With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill introduced Wednesday would raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to close the gap...Read Full Article »
Re "More taxes for more transit?," Editorial, Nov. 24
When voters approved Measure R in 2008, it allowed our region to move forward on transportation improvements that benefited all of Los Angeles County...
In less than a year, voters in Lexington County will decide whether or not to implement an additional penny sales tax designed to generate revenue for road projects. Lexington Town Council members sat down Monday to discuss an array of improvements they will submit on behalf of the town in order to receive funding...Read Full Article »
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - "We are at a crossroads and we need to look to our future," said Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority C.E.O. Brad Miller...
If you want to know why mass transit is doomed in the United States, look at the place where it is undoubtedly more successful — and more widely used — than anywhere else in the country: New York...Read Full Article »
To keep young talent from leaving the state, the Michigan Municipal League is urging officials in Lansing to better fund cities and invest in mass transit options that would serve as long-term enticements...
King County officials are weaving their way through some gnarly political traffic.
Should they cut Metro transit routes despite growing ridership? Or convince voters to raise taxes and car tab fees? If the Legislature doesn’t pass a transportation package that lets them do this, will they have to resort to an old law that allows them to go it alone, but raise less revenue...Read Full Article »
Oakland Tribune editorial: Alameda County transportation tax plan fails to correct pitfalls of last oneDecember 02, 2013 Contra Costa Times Alameda County, CA
Alameda County transportation officials are once again looking to double the sales tax for roads and public transit as they prepare a ballot measure similar to one voters narrowly rejected last year...Read Full Article »
Motorists in the Truckee Meadows have enjoyed a host of expensive but much-needed improvements in the past few years — thanks in part to an increase in gas taxes approved by voters in 2011 (along with considerable funds from the state and federal governments)...Read Full Article »
A former Caltrans leader proposes an initiative for the 2014 ballot that would more than double the state vehicle license fee to raise funds for rebuilding roads and bridges and boosting mass transit...
OLYMPIA — House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn can tell when people think there’s a real chance the Legislature might pass a multibillion-dollar transportation tax package: New requests for projects start pouring in...Read Full Article »
Arthur Farley says for companies — or, really, anyone — to want to move to Reno, the center of town needs to be just that: the center of town..Read Full Article »
As they travel around Pinellas County talking about their plans to vastly expand the mass transit system, transportation officials often get the same question. What if the federal government doesn't come through with funding for light rail...Read Full Article »
Major casino and gas tax initiatives designed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation, local aid, and other needs could be undone by Massachusetts voters at the ballot box next year...Read Full Article »
The anniversary of Superstorm Sandy has come and gone, and an independent review of how New Jersey's transportation agency responded to the storm has yet to be released, despite officials' assurances that it would be completed months ago...Read Full Article »
The assumption among many Mainers has been that rail travel could never usurp car travel, or even augment it to any real degree, because of the state’s relatively small population, low building density and perhaps the lack of parking and traffic issues that drive people to public transit...Read Full Article »
While the public is preoccupied with spending money on holiday gifts, their elected officials in King County are considering whether to seek a higher sales tax in 2014...Read Full Article »
The Illinois Supreme Court has spoken: State law does not allow businesses to escape paying local sales taxes by setting up token "sales offices" in lower-tax jurisdictions. But the regulations the Department of Revenue drafted to enforce the law in fact permitted such arrangements, the court said. Oops...Read Full Article »
Re "More taxes for more transit?," Editorial, Nov. 24
I agree that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to take its time getting our next transportation sales tax right. Putting that tax on the ballot in 2016, a presidential election year, is better than 2014 for many reasons, including higher voter turnout...Read Full Article »
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail alone has more than 130,000 boardings every day, with another half-million or so on the subway itself. The trains from suburban Boston into the city and back out are as important to the operation of that large metropolitan area as the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 95 and all the state routes are to central and southern Maine...Read Full Article »
MONTESANO, Wash. - With results certified at the county auditor's office, Voter turnout for Grays Harbor finished at 48.35% for the November General Election...Read Full Article »
As Kansas City pursues the possibility of streetcar extensions south of the Missouri River, North Kansas City is also exploring its own ideas to bring the system north of the river...Read Full Article »
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council's Budget and Finance Committee voted to proceed with Cincinnati's Streetcar Project.
The committee also voted to move $500 thousand of surplus money from a Water Works project to the streetcar fund...Read Full Article »
On transit issues, the Metropolitan Council can expect to soon hear from a new coalition interested in seeing more construction and development along transit lines...Read Full Article »
Richland County seeks proposals for project managers, engineers for transportation penny tax programNovember 25, 2013 Cola Daily Richland County, SC
Richland County is seeking proposals to hire project managers and engineers to oversee and design the $769 million Penny Sales Tax Transportation Program...Read Full Article »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation Monday that will eventually provide an additional $2.3 billion annually for infrastructure...Read Full Article »
The Lane Transit District depends heavily on a payroll tax to fund its operations — it brings in more revenue than all other sources combined, and about three times as much as comes from passenger fares. The long-term trend for the payroll tax has been upward — the Legislature approved an increase from 0.6 percent to 0.7 percent in 2003, and the higher rate will be fully phased in next year. LTD’s board should think hard before moving ahead with a further 0.1 percent increase authorized by the 2009 Legislature...Read Full Article »
A year after a narrow election defeat, an Alameda County commission has decided to try it again and will ask voters to double the county sales tax for transportation from a half-cent to a full cent...Read Full Article »
Buffeted by growth and time, Colorado’s highway infrastructure rapidly is wearing down. The estimated cost to fix it is $772 million short of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s annual budget...Read Full Article »
King County leaders have indicated they will develop necessary legislation to avoid drastic cuts to King County Metro service, if a balanced statewide transportation package, with local options for funding Metro transit and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas can't be created by lawmakers in Olympia...Read Full Article »
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is frustrated that all his work to bring the streetcar to fruition might be for naught, now that anti-streetcar John Cranley has been elected to take his place. “I’m from the tough part of town,” Mallory joked. “I will take the guy in a dark alley. I’m not afraid to use the threat of physical violence.”...Read Full Article »
A balanced statewide transportation package, with local options for funding Metro Transit and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas, remains King County’s first choice – but in the absence of action by state Legislature, county leaders say they will develop legislation by year’s end to give voters the chance to save bus service and maintain roads, according to a King County press release...Read Full Article »
In November of 2012, the Measure J ballot initiative went down to a narrow defeat despite garnering over 66% of the vote. Measure J would have extended the 2008 Measure R sales tax so that further bonding would be possible and promised transit projects could be completed sooner. From pretty much the moment the final vote was counted, transit watchers have wondered when Metro would try to pass another funding measure on the ballot...Read Full Article »
GLENWOOD — Businesses and self-employed individuals face the prospect of paying higher taxes to Lane Transit District now that the transit agency has taken a first step to raise the cap on its payroll tax...Read Full Article »
San Francisco’s planned investment boost for its troubled public transportation system has become embroiled in politics as transit-tax measures are being eyed for the November 2014 ballot. On Tuesday, Supervisor John Avalos, with the backing of supervisors Eric Mar, David Campos and Jane Kim, introduced a charter amendment proposal for the ballot that would set aside $70 million to address transit service disparities in low-income communities. The funding would be generated from a vehicle license-tax increase being eyed for the same ballot...Read Full Article »
Ypsilanti Township will become the next member of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority with a seat at the governing table.
The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously Monday night to give its blessing, making the township to the east the second municipality outside of Ann Arbor to gain membership in the city's transit authority this year...Read Full Article »
Voters asked next November whether to approve a sales tax increase to pay for expanded bus and rail service are likely to see a ballot that doesn't mention the referendum's two most debated words: "light rail."...Read Full Article »
When the University of Cincinnati's Economics Center looked at Metro alongside 11 other peer cities it found out that Cincinnati's bus system was the most efficient, even among those with a rail option...Read Full Article »
HARRISBURG - After months of debate, the state House failed to pass legislation Monday night that would have provided $2.3 billion to complete long-overdue repairs to the state's aging transportation infrastructure...Read Full Article »
KENOSHA, Wis. – When the auto plant here closed, this prosperous Wisconsin port city on Lake Michigan lost more than just its largest employer. Its sense of vitality seemed to drain away, and city leaders set out to find something that would inject life into the brick-storefront downtown while the economy went through a transition...Read Full Article »
CLEARWATER — Just what words might best convince residents to raise taxes on themselves?
Pinellas County commissioners on today hammered out ballot language they hope will persuade Pinellas residents to tack on an extra penny to the county’s 7-cent sales tax to pay for a massive expansion of the county’s transit network...Read Full Article »
Leaders of Maryland's transportation industry said Monday that the state's future depends on continued infrastructure investment, beyond the $4.4 billion already scheduled for highway and mass transit systems in the next six years...
Metro runs on a sort of flex fuel system, requiring both tax revenue and political capital. And it has to spend both wisely. With the 2012 referendum vote to redirect more of Metro's sales tax to non-rail transit, the dollars are shifting from light rail to buses. But the biggest expense for Metro's new bus plan will be on the side of political capital. Any change this large is likely to upset the status quo, and it is about time...Read Full Article »
WEST NYACK — The CEO of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority told a rapt Hudson Valley audience Friday how bus rapid transit has transformed his downtown in five short years — and how the same kind of success can be replicated anywhere...Read Full Article »
Okanogan County voters handily approved a proposed sales tax increase to support a countywide bus system in last week’s general election...Read Full Article »
A community that has just seen one of its greatest assets — the Minnesota Orchestra — torn apart before its eyes cannot afford a similar tragedy on the Southwest Corridor light-rail project...Read Full Article »
Mayor Richard Berry, delivering his first “State of the City” address since winning re-election last month, said Albuquerque should invest in both its people and places to prepare for the future...Read Full Article »
SAN ANTONIO – A lawsuit filed to derail VIA Metropolitan Transit's streetcar project instead will delay the sale of bonds meant to fund several other transportation projects, including two downtown transit centers...Read Full Article »
Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are saving millions of dollars thanks to the local bus system. That's the conclusion of an independent assessment. It says RFTA’s service reduces commute times, increases public safety and cuts down on the number of car miles traveled per year. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports...Read Full Article »
Report: Regional travel down, transit ridership up Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/Regional_travel_down_transit_ridership_up.html#jeLgBjgqwqdD6hcI.99November 12, 2013 Philly.com Philadelphia, PA
The latest travel numbers are in, and likely due to the recession, they show that overall travel activity in the Delaware Valley dropped between 2005 and 2010. That’s roughly on par with the national trends, as is the region's growing transit ridership. In Philadelphia, highway travel to and from Center City fell by 9.3 percent while regional rail ridership to Center City increased by more than 15 percent...Read Full Article »
Tucson has built four-mile-long streetcar tracks that will run between the University of Arizona campus and downtown. Only two of the eight cars that will be used to ferry passengers every 10 minutes have arrived, and operations will not start until next year...Read Full Article »
The Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition is being confused with the Okanogan County Transit Authority bus line recently placed on the ballot for the general election...Read Full Article »
INDIANAPOLIS -- Supporters of a proposal to expand mass transit in central Indiana have announced a new strategy they hope can convince lawmakers to push ahead with a plan for funding the expansion...Read Full Article »
Transit-oriented development is not new, especially to older metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia...Read Full Article »
One victim of Grand Junction’s pared back 2014 budget is funding to Grand Valley Transit (GVT), the agency that coordinates the Grand Valley’s bus network...Read Full Article »
Kansas City’s streetcars are expected to start operating in 2015 along a two-mile downtown route, mostly on Main Street. But that won’t — and shouldn’t — be the end of the line for the system...Read Full Article »
For transportation experts like Liz Rao, HNTB chair public transit services, there is a rapidly growing transit option available that offers communities a viable, cost-effective way to attract non-traditional riders and get them to their destinations more quickly: bus rapid transit...Read Full Article »
King County voters will probably see a tax measure to support Metro Transit within a few months, regardless of what lawmakers do about transportation in this month’s special session...Read Full Article »
I was the lead consultant, along with Jim McGraw of Cincinnati’s KMK Consulting, on the GO Cincinnati economic development strategy in 2008. While funded by the private sector under the auspices of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, GO Cincinnati became the City Council-adopted economic strategy for the future. The city, along with 3CDC, the Port Authority, Museum Center at Union Terminal and others, are already implementing it...Read Full Article »
Transportation advocates are readying another push for Minnesota legislators to boost transportation taxes in 2014...Read Full Article »
Washington, D.C. As the election season comes to a close, 2013 will register as another banner year where a majority of public transportation ballot initiatives passed. Seven initiatives were on the November 5th ballot across the country and six of those passed while another was narrowly defeated...Read Full Article »
Yesterday was a relatively quiet election day for transportation-related ballot measures, but of the six transit initiatives that came before voters yesterday, five six passed, with a sixth seventh too close to call. That’s in line with last year’s 79 percent success rate — 71 percent since 2000. When asked, voters overwhelmingly choose to raise their own taxes to improve public transportation...Read Full Article »
NASHVILLE — Take pity on the next big-rig trucker you see heading through Tennessee.
Changes in how some fuel tax revenue is distributed means those truckers are about to help fund transportation lanes for biking and walking...Read Full Article »
MANISTIQUE - Residents of Schoolcraft County took to the polls Tuesday and approved two county-wide millages aimed to support both the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility and Schoolcraft County Public Transit...Read Full Article »
OKANOGAN — Okanogan County voters are approving the transportation tax measure with 76 percent of the vote, the preliminary election night tally showed Tuesday...Read Full Article »
As Henry Munoz, who spearheaded that effort to build a modern streetcar downtown, heads for the exits, pressure is building on the VIA Metro Transit board of directors to rethink the project, 1200 WOAI news reports...Read Full Article »
The head of the Metropolitan Council supports a half-cent sales tax hike in the seven-county metro to help fund transportation needs...Read Full Article »
Prospects appear to be dwindling for a merger of the Hillsborough and Pinellas transit agencies even as state Sen. Jack Latvala insists any decision await a consultant’s review of potential savings...Read Full Article »
Citizens for Progressive Transit has been a supporter of the Atlanta Streetcar project since it was just a line on a map, and we are thrilled to see the return of rail transit construction to the city after more than a decade of inactivity...Read Full Article »
The Bottineau light-rail transit line begins in Brooklyn Park and stretches to Berlin, Bangladesh, Bangkok and beyond. That’s how Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat sees it. Opat, who represents the inner-ring northwestern suburbs, says the time has come for the northern part of the metro area to get the sort of ground-shifting investments he has seen go south...Read Full Article »
A plan to grow the city’s bus system by bringing riders closer to the places they work, play and seek medical attention won endorsement from Wichita’s transit advisory board on Friday...Read Full Article »
After decades of failed attempts to expand transit in Central Indiana, lawmakers hope to find a bipartisan compromise by year’s end...Read Full Article »
Metro Atlanta residents believe the economy (24.4 percent) is the region’s most pressing problem followed by traffic (21.4 percent), according to a new survey released Friday by the Atlanta Regional Commission...
Backers of a measure that would raise money to build new highways, roads and bridges in the Show-Me State are hitching their hopes to a new petition that would ask the state’s voters to raise a statewide 1-cent sales tax in 2014...Read Full Article »
Although they weren't willing or able to say how Minnesotans should pay for upgrading their roads, bridges and transit systems, three current and former state transportation officials on Wednesday hinted that future gas taxes might increase automatically with inflation, and buses could displace light-rail trains as the preferred form for expanding transit in the Twin Cities region...Read Full Article »
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has been informed by the Hawaii tax department that it will receive more than $63.7 million in General Excise and Use Tax (GET) surcharge revenue this quarter...Read Full Article »
We’ve all heard it time and again — the assertion that mass transportation won’t work in the Birmingham metro area or in Shelby County...
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said the state is committed to building an estimated $25 million substructure to accommodate light rail on the replacement span of the Howard Frankland bridge...Read Full Article »
Pinellas County commissioners took another important step forward Tuesday toward significantly improving mass transit in the traffic-clogged county. The commissioners embraced language for a 2014 referendum that will be clear, concise and correct so voters will be certain what they are deciding. A public hearing on the referendum will be held in December, and then transit supporters will have 11 months to sell the Greenlight Pinellas plan as one of the keys to ensuring the county is a more attractive place to live and work...Read Full Article »
If you pay $4.50 in tax for a sweater at Oakbrook Center, should some of that money go toward a midmorning Metra train on the BNSF? Or should a portion pay for a faster ride on the Blue Line...Read Full Article »
Work on the future of Wichita’s bus system is moving into high gear...
It will be some time before you will see it on the ballot, but people in Missouri will have the opportunity to vote on a special sales tax for transportation, probably in November 2014. The proposed tax would be 1 cent for a 10-year period...Read Full Article »
Officials have given the go-ahead for a study to determine the viability and public support for mass transit improvements along Main Street and between Glenwood and Lane Community College, including EmX bus rapid transit service...Read Full Article »
Lewis Mumford, an American sociologist, once suggested we “restore human legs as a means of travel.”
“Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities,” Mumford said...Read Full Article »
Tulsa City leaders and INCOG prepare a sales pitch to transform the city's public transportation system...
If all goes as hoped by public-transit supporters in Polk County next year, voters will approve a 1 cent sales tax that will be split 50-50 between public transit and roads, and eliminate property taxes for both....Read Full Article »
Taken individually, each of the principles behind Metro’s fare policy sounds great. They include: Satisfy the customers, be fair about fares, keep them simple, make the most of the transit system’s capacity, encourage riders to use efficient payment systems like SmarTrip, and generate adequate revenue while maximizing ridership....Read Full Article »
A proposal to increase local sales taxes to fund a county-wide bus system is in the hands of Okanogan County voters...Read Full Article »
When voters go to the polls this fall to choose city council members and vote on fire levies and such, they will also be voting on whether Jaime Jamtaas will have a ride to the grocery store or be able to visit his family...Read Full Article »
Denver’s former transit chief and two Florida-based scholars will make up an independent panel invited to help the Wake County commissioners work out their plans for public transportation...Read Full Article »
City voters approved a $75 million transportation bond issue by 70 percent to 30 percent, setting the stage for a series of road projects and a 1.12-cent property tax hike next year...Read Full Article »
Athens-Clarke County Commissioners Allison Wright and Mike Hamby will draft language in coming weeks to ask the state legislature to let the county assess a new tax to pay for transit and economic development efforts...Read Full Article »
Minnesota county officials' take on the option to raise sales taxes to pay for transportation projects has been thanks, but no thanks...Read Full Article »
The city will ask permission from Raleigh voters Tuesday to borrow $75 million to widen streets, improve bus stops, add roundabouts, and build miles of sidewalks and bicycle lanes..Read Full Article »
To further explore a transit sales tax to fund the county’s public bus system, transit officials agreed to reactivate a committee to advise the board on transit issues and, in particular, the proposed tax...Read Full Article »
A ballot proposal to fund expanded public transit in Emmet County will be explored by the county’s transportation committee this fall to see if it would be feasible to present to voters...Read Full Article »
Poll: Voters open to adding bus service, sidewalks, bike trails to Greenville County transportation fixOctober 01, 2013 Greenville Online Greenville, SC
A poll of Greenville County voters shows they overwhelmingly want the right to vote on a 1 percent local sales tax that would be used to fix roads and bridges across the county...Read Full Article »
Gov. Rick Snyder has acknowledged that "it's not readily apparent" whether residents are willing to invest more in Michigan roads...Read Full Article »
Second time's a charm.
Tigard residents are poised to vote on whether the city should oppose a high-capacity transit corridor, accommodating the likes of a MAX line or a bus rapid transit system. The citizen-initiated measure received the necessary 4,122 signatures to go on the March 11 ballot. Chief petitioner, Arthur Crino, fell 46 votes shy of enough signatures to put a similar measure on the 2012 ballot. ..Read Full Article »
Laketran is taking a slightly different route when it seeks passage of its 0.25 percent sales tax levy renewal on the Nov. 5 ballot. While the percentage of the renewal is the same as Laketran’s previous levy requests, the duration is different...Read Full Article »
While transit groups have been campaigning for, and winning, ballot measures for years, walking and biking advocacy groups are newer to the ballot referendum game. But as demand for safer streets grows in cities around the country, more and more active transportation groups are seeking voter support for special funding measures...Read Full Article »
In light of the recent discovery that Summit County sales tax revenue could exceed 2012 figures by a considerable margin, the Summit Stage board discussed Wednesday what effect the increased funds could have on its 2014 budget...Read Full Article »
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that clears the path for two California counties to increase sales taxes for transportation...Read Full Article »
A politically powerful coalition is testing the appetite for a statewide sales tax to raise $600 million a year for road repair and construction and transit projects across Colorado...Read Full Article »
Continuing the recent progress in developing a comprehensive modern transit plan for Pinellas County, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board voted 13-1 Aug. 28 to accept the Greenlight Pinellas Plan Vision...Read Full Article »
The Richmond region stands far short of new thresholds for levying new taxes to pay for major transportation projects — but that always could change, Virginia’s top transportation official told local leaders Thursday...Read Full Article »
An effort on the move at the California statehouse would lower the number of public votes needed for approving local transportation-related tax questions...Read Full Article »
With a year to go before voters are asked to approve a higher sales tax to pay for increased public transit, Pinellas County's transportation agency has no plans to raise its portion of the property tax next year...Read Full Article »
The first of eight new streetcars will arrive in Tucson this morning, but it will be at least a month before anyone sees it riding the 3.9 miles of newly laid track running between the University of Arizona and downtown...Read Full Article »
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday that permits Alameda and Contra Costa counties to seek voter approval to raise their county sales tax for transportation..Read Full Article »
Wake County Commissioners will finally talk transit, but not in the way some people would guess. At their regular meeting on Sept. 3, Commissioners will consider Commissioner Paul Coble’s plan to hire two groups of consultants that would create a new transit and transportation strategy..Read Full Article »
East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado wants to abolish the Capital Area Transit System and put the bus system under the control of city-parish government. His idea also calls for the parish to hire a private contractor to operate the system...Read Full Article »
More states want a seat at the table if passenger rail service expands again across the Plains and South...Read Full Article »
The Regional Transportation Authority is staring at a $300 million shortfall.
And it’s going to require creative solutions or painful decisions to close it, organization leaders say. Translation: More taxes or something won’t get built...
Utah is about to face a tricky balancing act: how to raise taxes enough to fund new transportation projects that officials say are needed to fuel economic growth, but not make them so high that they chase away business...Read Full Article »
Voters in three Bay Area counties support BART, even if they don't ride it, and would back ballot measures boosting sales or property taxes to improve the transit system, a public opinion poll shows...Read Full Article »
The question of whether Rossford should stay in TARTA may or may not be on the November ballot. It’s up in the air, awaiting an opinion by the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office on a matter of Ohio election law. The opinion is expected to come this week, the prosecutor’s office said...Read Full Article »
When buses begin rolling in Arlington this morning, Varun Mallipaddi’s expectations are pretty basic...Read Full Article »
Development may be at the beginning of a new surge in the region, but officials with transit and transportation agencies said there’s a looming question about where the funding will come from for their own growth needs...Read Full Article »
The bus is a therapy tool for people with traumatic brain injuries...Read Full Article »
Community leaders launched a committee to support a mill levy request for Missoula's community bus system.'Friends of Mountain Line' is pushing to pass a mill levy that would increase funds for the Mountain Line bus system. If approved buses could extend service later into the evening, increase bus frequency on busy routes and help provide more curbside assistance for seniors and people with disabilities...Read Full Article »
Planning scholar Daniel Chatman of the University of California at Berkeley has been thinking a lot lately about "agglomeration." Don't let the technical word throw you. All it really means is more people in the same place. As more people collect in a city center, more jobs cluster there too, boosting both wages and economic productivity over time. And the key to it all, he believes, may be public transportation...Read Full Article »
Boulder City Council members have serious concerns about a proposal from state transportation officials to put a 0.7 percent sales tax on the ballot next year...Read Full Article »
Roaring Fork Valley voters and the federal government took a $46.2 million gamble that a hefty financial investment in an expanded bus system would result in a big increase in ridership...Read Full Article »
Last summer, voters from a 10-county region in and around Atlanta shot down a large package of transportation projects, including some major urban transit projects.
Could Atlanta exploit a resource it has plenty of -- parking -- to improve transit and sidewalks? Image: Creative Loafing
But almost immediately after, plucky Atlanta leaders were searching for other ways to move the work forward. The city of Atlanta hasn’t set aside ambitions for things like the Beltline, an innovative circle of trails and transit that would ring the city...
The fate of a plan to expand transit in Central Indiana may be tied up in an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee, but the planners aren’t waiting...Read Full Article »
Automobile-loving North Texans took a radical step 30 years ago. That’s when voters in more than a dozen cities approved a 1 percent sales tax to fund Dallas Area Rapid Transit, now America’s largest light rail system...Read Full Article »
Kansas City’s downtown streetcar project overcame a big legal hurdle Wednesday when the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the downtown taxes to help pay for it...Read Full Article »
A Hillsborough County coalition lobbying for transportation improvements wants government officials to set a specific deadline for delivering proposals on road and mass transit projects...Read Full Article »
Gary Hinze’s truck route delivering car-wash detergent, paint and engine parts in Austin, Texas, often takes two hours a day longer than when he started 13 years ago -- the result of worsening bumper-to-bumper traffic...Read Full Article »
A majority of voters in Escanaba and Wells townships chose to defeat two millages in support of the Delta Area Transit Authority; the millages would have provided operational funding for public transportation services in Delta County...Read Full Article »
A group of Republican state lawmakers and activists said Tuesday that they hope to place a measure on the 2014 ballot that would repeal a state law triggering automatic increases in the gas tax when inflation rises...Read Full Article »
A study committee of 16 Indianapolis-area legislators opened a series of summer hearings about what they say is the economic necessity of a public transportation system...Read Full Article »
Better than expected sales in Pierce County will likely mean good news for bus riders...Read Full Article »
A Wausau city leader is proposing an innovative way to fund public transit systems in Wisconsin: through sales taxes that would be levied by individual cities, towns and villages...Read Full Article »
The Utah Transit Authority told legislators Wednesday that it will soon need a 66 percent increase in its share of sales taxes to fund service improvements that it figures the growing Wasatch Front will need over the next 30 years...Read Full Article »
Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the $33.6 billion annual state budget Friday, but used his veto powers to slash $240 million in transportation funding and $177 million in aid for cities and towns, a move that provoked an immediate outcry from local officials and state lawmakers...Read Full Article »
Wausau city officials are looking for Legislative approval to create a new sales tax to fund Metro Ride buses and paratransit services. The City Council approved the 1/10th of a percent tax proposal, but they cannot enact it without authorization from the State Legislature...Read Full Article »
Mountain Line is putting a big ask on the November ballot, a levy increase to boost its budget $1.7 million and grow its bus service...Read Full Article »
Growing the city and its economy was the main topic today as Mayor Bill Foster and opponent Rick Kriseman made their case to lead the city over the next four years...Read Full Article »
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to return the Legislature’s transportation financing plan on Tuesday with an amendment that would trigger an automatic increase in the gas tax in 2017 if Massachusetts Turnpike tolls come down as currently scheduled...Read Full Article »
Utah legislators feared to utter the words "tax hike" during the recession and the fragile economy that followed. But now business leaders, state administrators and local governments are pushing lawmakers to increase taxes for roads and mass transit, warning that doing nothing will have dire consequences...Read Full Article »
Nearly a year later, we are still confused about why we lost regional transportation sales tax referendumJune 30, 2013 Saporta Report Atlanta, GA
Although 11 months have passed since the regional transportation sales tax vote, the defeat still stings...Read Full Article »
Local voters will probably have a chance to decide in November if they are willing to pay 4 cents on every $10 purchase to fund a new public transportation system in Okanogan County...Read Full Article »
Alabama -- Mass transit advocates hail recently signed legislation as a significant step to improving the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and strengthening ties with state and local officials...Read Full Article »
County commissioners voted unanimously today to put a sales tax referendum to pay for transit and local road improvements on the November 2014 ballot...Read Full Article »
A bill to help clear the path for two counties to increase sales taxes for transportation is one vote away from clearing the California General Assembly...Read Full Article »
In an effort to widen and improve some of the city’s busiest streets, the Raleigh City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal to place a $75 million transportation bond on the ballot in October...Read Full Article »
As the state House continues consideration of transportation funding legislation, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce are distributing these fliers in support of increased funding...
Illinois transit advocates want to tie a tax on gasoline to the price at the pump as part of an aggressive fundraising effort to get a toehold on what they say are rapidly deteriorating roads, rails and bridges...Read Full Article »
The Louisiana House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works this week approved a measure that would allow voters an opportunity to establish transportation districts, which could then collect revenue for transportation projects. The bill passed committee by a 16-0 vote...Read Full Article »
If King County wants more dollars for bus service, it should raise sales taxes, not car-tab fees, says Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, co-chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee...Read Full Article »
It’s number one in the nation in per-capita transit spending. The only city in the country building light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars and commuter rail at the same time. And that city — Salt Lake City — is a town of just over 180,000 in a remote setting in a red state...Read Full Article »
A new survey released today at the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Annual Rail Conference provides evidence that there is growing support for an already strong majority of people in favor of expanding public transportation. The survey, Americans Support for Public Transportation conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute, shows that nearly 74 percent of respondents agreed to the use of their tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their community. The number of respondents increased from an already solid 69 percent of Americans in support in 2012 to nearly 74 percent in favor this year...Read Full Article »
Rossford residents may get a chance to vote this year on whether to stay in the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, even though a special committee of city council has recommended against dropping out...Read Full Article »
Pennsylvania will need to post weight restrictions on an estimated 1,500 bridges next year if the Legislature does not act this month to increase transportation funding, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told lawmakers last week...Read Full Article »
Declaring it an investment in Nashville’s future, Mayor Karl Dean on Wednesday called for spending $7.5 million to continue development of a 7.1-mile bus rapid transit system through the heart of the city..Read Full Article »
Three years after Hillsborough County voters killed a transit-tax referendum, county commissioners joined the mayors of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City on Wednesday to begin mapping out a new transportation plan they can sell to voters..Read Full Article »
For the first time, a proposal to expand Saginaw's public transit service to a countywide authority made it to the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners...Read Full Article »
A half-cent sales tax increase in the metro area to fund bus and rail transit didn't get through the Legislaturethis year, leaving transit advocates frustrated...Read Full Article »
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 »
Prominent business and civic leaders in Hillsborough County raised more than $1.5 million three years ago hoping to persuade voters there to pay an extra penny in sales tax to build a light-rail system and put more buses on the road...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 »
Last night, Philadelphia voters approved a $184 million bond package with about $38 m for transportation
on Wednesday 08 November at 08:10 AM
Still waiting on some results out west but clearly another strong night for transit ballot measures
on Tuesday 07 November at 09:46 PM