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CFTExpress Vol. 12, No. 2February 27, 2014
In This Issue …
- • Spring Election Outlook
- • NAPTA Advocacy Day
March Brings One Lion of an Anti-transit Measure
The first election of the 2014 season is two weeks away and it promises to be an interesting one. A ballot measure March 11 would have the city of Tigard, Oregon, take an anti-transit stance as city policy. Voters will be asked to adopt a public policy opposing high-capacity transit within the city unless approved by referendum. The city would then send a letter each year to the governor of Oregon, the Department of Transportation, County commissioners, Metro council, TriMet board, and the director of the Federal Transit Administration notifying them of the city’s opposition.
The City Council and the Chamber have both passed resolutions opposing the measure, and in turn, supporting high-capacity transit including light rail and bus rapid transit.
King County, Washington, facing severe service cuts up to 17%, goes to the ballot April 22 to ask voters to approve a funding plan which includes a vehicle fee and an increase in sales tax by one-tenth of a cent, generating a combined $130 million a year for transportation. $50 million would go to cities in the county for their streets while the remainder would be split between Metro and county roads.
Other measures this spring include the approval of a .7 millage increase in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. The five year tax would fund major expansion of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, including 57,000 new hours of bus service. The ten week debate leading up to the May 6 vote is likely to be heated given the new opposition campaign with sneaky tactics, which is calling itself Better Transit Now. A “Vital Streets” funding initiative in Grand Rapids is beginning to gain attention nation-wide. The local income tax extension would generate $9.9 million a year to repair the city’s streets and sidewalks, making them accessible, attractive, environmentally responsible and safe for all.
We'll post outcome results for this election and all other transportation initiatives through the year on our blog and website.
Join Fellow Advocates on Capitol Hill
Local to DC and interested in the Advocacy side of APTA? CFTE will be participating at the NAPTA Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 12. Join us for a day of advocacy in conjunction with the APTA Legislative Conference including a breakfast session with House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Bill Shuster and others, followed by a NAPTA meeting and Capitol Hill visits. To find out more, please visit NAPTA online.