News & Media
Vol. 9, No. 1January 31, 2011
In This Issue …
- Registration Open for 2011 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference
- 2010 Election Recap
- Upcoming Elections
- Middle Tennessee Takes a Step Towards a Regional Transit System
- TIC 2011 Sponsorship Opportunities
2011 Transit Initiatives & Communities Conference
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Join us in St. Louis, MO from June 20 - June 22, 2011 for the biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference. This is the only national conference devoted to understanding the role of ballot measures in improving transportation choices and investment. Whether you are just beginning to build a coalition of support or gearing up for a campaign, TIC will provide opportunities to learn and interact. Registration is now open for the 2011 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference!
· Trends in Transportation Ballot Measures
· Lessons from St. Louis' Success at the Ballot Box
· Running Successful Campaigns
· Combating Critics
· Building Your Coalition of Support
· Effective Community Outreach
· Persuasive Marketing and Advertising
· Transportation Finance and the Economy
To learn more about the history of transportation ballot measures in St. Louis, get details on the conference and to register, please visit http://www.cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp. Early registration prices end May 20, 2011.
2010 Election Recap
77% SUCCESS RATE FOR TRANSPORTATION
Last year was an incredibly successful year for transportation ballot measures. Communities around the country placed 57 measures on the ballot and voters supported 44 of them. The 77% success rate for 2010 is above the ten-year average of 71%, and particularly significant in a year marked by pervasive anti-tax sentiment at the ballot box. Voters made it clear that they feel strongly about investing in transportation. The election results also confirmed a continuing trend towards locals picking up a greater share of the financing burden, as state and federal funding remains largely stagnant or decreasing.
TWO COUNTIES IN WASHINGTON HEAD TO THE BALLOT
Pierce County, WA--On February 8, voters will be asked to approve a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to preserve existing service by Pierce Transit. Between 2007 and 2010, the agency went through two rounds of layoffs, delay or elimination of several capital projects, fare increases and a nearly 8 percent reduction of service. The agency receives more than 70% of its funding through sales tax revenue, and Prop. 1 is designed to generate enough new revenue to allow current services to be maintained.
If the measure is not approved, service will need to be cut by an additional 35 percent or the agency would face a $51 million shortfall by the end of 2012. This measure asks for the final 0.3 percent sales tax available by law to Pierce Transit. The agency already collects 0.6 percent.
Jefferson County, WA--Also on February 8, voters in Jefferson County will consider their own Proposition 1 for a 0.3 percent sales tax increase for Jefferson Transit. After cutting costs and raising fares, the agency is facing a $300,000 budget gap for this year. If approved, the measure is expected to general about $1 million annually for transit operations. Without approval, Sunday bus service and dial-a-ride will be cut and a scheduled purchase of new buses will be in jeopardy.
Middle Tennessee Takes a Step Towards Regional Transit
RTA RESTRUCTURE WOULD ALLOW DEDICATED FUNDING
In a vote earlier this month, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee approved a resolution to restructure itself so that it can receive and spend dedicated funding for a regional transit system. The possibility for restructure was set into motion in 2009, when the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill to allow cities and counties to create dedicated revenue streams for transit through the ballot or legislative action.
The jurisdictions of the 31-member board have until December 31, 2011 to approve the resolution. A long-range transportation plan is in place that considers all modes of public transit for a new regional system. Each member county is expected to decide on how it would provide funding for its participation in the system.
Become a Sponsor for the 2011 TIC Conference!
The biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference is attended by representatives from transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals. Become a sponsor of the 2011 TIC Conference to reach key players in the next election cycle and to support a successful event. We have limited sponsorship opportunities available so act quickly.
For more details on the benefits of sponsorship, please visit http://cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp to download a sponsorship form.