News & Media
Vol. 11, No. 2May 21, 2013
In This Issue …
- 2013 TIC Conference Registration Deadline
- 2 out of 3 Transit Measures Succeed on May Ballot
- State Transportation Funding Proposals
- Recent Reports
2013 TIC Conference
Early Registration Deadline is Thursday!
The deadline for discounted early registration for the 2013 Transit Initiatives & Communities Conference is this Thursday, May 23! Take advantage of this special price and join us June 23-26 in Atlanta for dynamic sessions and engaging network opportunities!
This year’s program includes experienced advocates, campaign professionals, and industry leaders from:
• Center for Planning Excellence
• HDR | InfraConsult
• Move LA
• Atlanta Regional Commission
• Post Properties, Inc.
• Transportation for America
• R&R Partners
• American Public Transportation Association
• Partnership for Southern Equity
Be sure to reserve your room as well! The room block rate of $169 is guaranteed only until the end of this week. All conference sessions will be held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, conveniently located walking distance from the Midtown MARTA station. More Information
2 out of 3 Transit Measures Pass in First Elections of 2013
On May 7, voters in two communities in Ohio and one in Michigan decided on property tax measures for transit. Two of the measures were approved handedly, continuing the trend of success dating back to at least 2000.
Kalamazoo County, MI, which has a long history of supporting transit taxes, approved a 0.4 mills renewal levy by 72%. The levy is expected to generate about $3 million in its first year for bus service within the county. City residents pay a total of 1 mill to the Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority; they approved a separate 0.6 mill renewal last November.
Perrysburg, OH has finally approved a small property tax increase to support transit service after voting to withdraw from the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority last March. A November 2012 measure to establish local service supported by a 1.45 mill levy was defeated. This May, 72% of voters approve a 0.8 mill, five-year levy to establish dial-a-ride and fixed route service for handicapped citizens. A new contract for transit service is expected to start July 1.
Lorain County continues to hold the title of largest county in Ohio without dedicated transit revenue. Only 41% of voters supported a five-year, 0.04 mill property tax increase Lorain County Transit. The funding would have been used as a match for federal dollars to support expansion, maintenance and operations of the bus system. Due to the vote results, the county had to give up $1.5 million in federal dollars.
More Information on 2013 Elections
State Transportation Funding Proposals
As legislative sessions wrap up for the year in many state capitals, some states are enacting major transportation funding bills and others and leaving the table with work undone. Transportation for America has been tracking proposals from governors, legislatures, and commissions tasked with identify solutions to the many infrastructure funding challenges faced across the country.
Maryland, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming have passed major transportation legislation designed to meet some of their infrastructure backlog. Proposals have been multimodal and single mode. They have ranged from sales tax increases and new tolls to gas tax indexing and local option taxes. Virginia’s bill partly relies on the federal approval of an internet sales tax bill that could provide much needed revenue to states. Many pro-transit groups have come out to support the internet sales tax legislation, including the largest labor organization for public transportation workers, the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Smart Growth America released Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development today.
U.S. PIRG Education Fund released the report A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future on May 14.
ENO Center for Transportation released Lessons Learned from the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program in late April.
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