News & Media
Vol. 8, No. 2February 25, 2010
In This Issue …
- California Transit Initiatives Training Workshop
- Walla Walla Voters Approve Sales Tax Increase by 76%
- St. Louis Transit Advocates Gear Up for April Vote
- Six Stops to Success: Putting Your Transportation Message in Service
California Transit Initiatives Training Workshop
JOIN US IN SACRAMENTO ON MARCH 9, 2010
On March 9, 2010, join transit advocates, agency representatives, community officials and ballot measure campaign professionals from around the state to get the latest information on transportation ballot measures--from election trends to tools for success. This workshop is an abridged version of the biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference tailored to meet the needs of communities preparing to go to the ballot.
Sessions will provide case studies from successful campaigns, address how to use media and communication strategies to get the transit message out, and explain how to build a strong, supportive coalition. Interested in the November 2010 California statewide measure to close loopholes and prevent the state from raiding transit funds? A special afternoon session will provide an overview of this initiative and detail ways to get involved!
Registration for the workshop is available at www.CFTE.org
Walla Walla Voters Approve Sales Tax Increase by 76%
WIN ALLOWS VALLEY TRANSIT TO MAINTAIN SERVICE
On February 9, voters in Walla Walla, WA approved the Valley Transit sales tax ballot measure by 76 percent. The 0.3 percent sales tax increase will help support the agency's bus system and prevent service cuts.
In 2000, a state repeal of the motor vehicle tax led to a 53 percent decrease in revenue for Valley Transit. The agency initially sought to close the revenue gap with fare increases and service cuts, which sustained the transit agency until recently. In the last year, Valley Transit has tripled fares (from 25 cents to 75 cents) and finally decided to leave it up to voters to raise the sales tax or prepare for an additional 50 percent service cut. The transit sales tax for the Walla Walla County Public Transportation Benefit Area, which includes Walla Walla and College Place, is now 0.6 percent.
For Ballot Measure news visit: www.cfte.org
St. Louis Transit Advocates Gear Up for April Vote
COMMERCIAL SHOWS COMMUNITY SUPPORT
On the April 6, voters in St. Louis County, MO will have the opportunity to vote to authorize a one-half of one percent sales tax increase for restoring, operating and expanding MetroLink, MetroBus, and disabled and senior public transportation.
If approved, Proposition A is expected to raise $75 million annually. The first half will be used to match federal grants for the expansion of MetroLink. The second half will cover the cost to operate the existing transit system, and make improvements to existing bus system.
In 2008, voters failed to pass a similar measure, which forced Metro to cut public transit service by one-third. Emergency funding from the state of Missouri and the federal government restored some of the transit service, but the funds will run out in May 2010. If additional funding is not available, Metro will be forced to make additional cuts in transit service.
Since the 2008 election, transit advocates in St. Louis have been working hard to broaden their coalitions. Citizens for Modern Transit, a nonprofit transit advocacy group, produced two commercials that demonstrate community-wide support. The commercial, which will air in the weeks leading up to the election, features testimonials from influential St. Louis business, education and sports leaders.
To view the campaign commercials visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aR9rzybjuU
Six Stops to Success
PUTTING YOUR TRANSPORTATION MESSAGE IN SERVICE
The free, six-part webinar training series continues on February 19, 2010 with Building a Winning Coalition. Even if your community is not looking to go to the ballot in 2010, it is never too early to begin laying the groundwork! Six Stops to Success will continue with webinars once a month through May. All webinars are scheduled on Fridays at 1:00pm Eastern Time.
View Recordings and Slideshows online!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Election Trends: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future
Friday, January 15, 2010
Getting Started on a Ballot Measure Campaign
Friday, February 19, 2010
Building a Winning Coalition
FUTURE WEBINARS: Register Now!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Making Your Message Matter
Friday, April 23, 2010
Social Media: Friending, Tweeting & Blogging Your Way to Success
Friday, May 14, 2010
Silencing the Naysayers
For more information and to register, please visit: www.cfte.org