News & Media
Vol. 8, No. 5June 30, 2010
In This Issue …
- Washington Transit Funding Workshop
- Elections 2010 Update
- CFTE is now on Facebook!
- Georgia Legislation to Allow Transit Funding Referendums Signed
- 2011 TIC Conference Heads to St. Louis MO
- Recordings and Slides from Six Stops to Success Available
Washington Transit Funding Workshop
JOIN US IN SEATTLE ON AUGUST 6, 2010
On Friday August 6, 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 what is happening with Transportation Funding in Washington State? A special session will provide an overview of the efforts to increase transit funding throughout the state and detail ways to get involved!
Registration for the workshop is available at www.cfte.org
Huntington, West Virginia
Voters in the City of Huntington and the County of Cabell, WV gave an overwhelming endorsement of transit when they voted on May 11. Huntington and Cabell County voters approved the renewal of two Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) levies by over 70%. The TTA levies will each begin on July 1, 2012 and last for five years. Combined, the two levies are expected to generate about $7.3 million over five years.
Glen Dale, West Virginia
On May 11, voters in Glen Dale, WV failed to approve a bus service levy by 3 votes. Had it been approved, the levy would have provided funding to continue and expand Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority (OVRTA) service through the city. Since the levy failed, the Glen Dale bus route will likely be stopped. OVRTA will have the final say as to whether the route can continue without any financial support from the city of Glen Dale.
Earlier this month, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to put a referendum proposing a 1-cent transportation tax on the November 2010 ballot. The proposed sales tax would fund light rail, bus service expansion, roadways, intersections and additional transportation projects in Hillsborough with a 75-25 split between transit and non-transit projects.
Clayton County, GA
The next transportation election in 2010 will be a nonbinding referendum on the ballot in Clayton County, GA. On July 20, voters will be asked if the county should become a full participant in MARTA and if a sales tax should be levied to support that participation. C-Tran, Clayton County's bus service,was shut down in the end of March because the county could not afford to run their own system.
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Georgia Governor Signs Legislation to Allow Transit Funding Referendums
On Wednesday, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation into law to allow referendums on transportation funding throughout the state. House Bill 277 was approved by the State Legislature in April. The legislation will divide the state into 12 transportation districts. A committee of local elected officials in each district, working with an appointee of the governor, will draw up a list of projects for the region. In 2012 the selected projects would go before the district's voters to approve the list and the 1 percent sales tax to pay for them.
MARTA has been struggling due to a state mandate that allows only 50 percent of the cash raised by the sales tax levied by Fulton and DeKalb counties to go toward operating expenses. The rest must go toward capital improvements. No other transit agency in the state has the restriction. HB 277 includes language that will lift its restriction on how MARTA uses its money from the special sales tax levied in Fulton and DeKalb counties for the next 3 years. This provision will free up an estimated $39 million for operating costs, which will help ease the deep cuts that MARTA is currently facing. However, the bill restricts MARTA from using any of the new tax money for operations of its current system.
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2011 TIC Conference Heads to St. Louis, MO
CFTE will be conducting the biannual Transit Initiatives in Communities Conference in St. Louis, MO. TIC is scheduled for June 20 - 22, 2011. More conference information coming soon!
Six Stops to Success
RECORDINGS AND SLIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE
CFTE and the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates have completed the six-part webinar training series. All of the webinar recordings and presentations have been posted on our website.
View Recordings and Slideshows online!
- Election Trends: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future
- Getting Started on a Ballot Measure Campaign
- Building a Winning Coalition
- Making Your Message Matter
- Social Media: Friending, Tweeting & Blogging Your Way to Success
- Silencing the Naysayers