Bus

Pro-transit initiatives passed in N.C., Wash.

Posted on November 9, 2011

Voters approved pro-transit ballot initiatives in Durham, N.C., and Vancouver, Wash., while defeating one anti-transit measure in Cincinnati. Still unknown is the result of a statewide initiative in Washington State that would place stricter restrictions on tolls and prevent use of funds for public transit, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

"People on the local level want, and deserve, safe, reliable public transportation services that enhance their quality of life," said APTA President/CEO Michael P. Melaniphy. "Even though the economic downturn continues, Americans are showing at the ballot box that they are willing to invest in public transportation. This investment is critical as our population grows, and demand for public transit services increases."  

In Durham County, N.C., voters approved a half-cent sales tax that will improve bus service and bring commuter rail and light rail to the county. The Durham Area Transit Authority is experiencing record ridership; in October 2011, it served the highest number of monthly trips in its history.

In Vancouver, Wash., voters passed a 0.2 percent sales tax increase to support the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority, which operates C-TRAN.

Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, voters rejected an effort to prohibit the city from spending money on any rail project until 2020.

These election results bring the total so far in 2011 to 21 victories in 27 public transit elections. The numbers also reflect a long-term trend: since the year 2000, more than 73 percent of public transit ballot measures have passed.

For a complete list of 2011 transportation state and local ballot initiatives, visit CFTE.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

CCW touts cost-effective solution to California electric bus mandate

Remanufactures used, internal-combustion engine buses into like-new vehicles containing ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems.

Toronto to add 10 more New Flyer battery-electric buses

The original contract was TTC’s first transit bus order from New Flyer since 1999, and has an additional 20 options remaining.

Big Blue Bus making real-time signs, lighting, and Wi-Fi upgrades

The advancements are underway and expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Complete Coach Works launches new website

The new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing.

SEPTA exercises options for more New Flyer hybrid-electric buses

Purchase supports agency’s program, focused on achieving sustainability through a “triple-bottom-line” approach.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation