Yesterday, the Counties’ Transit Improvement Board (C-TIB) passed resolutions to fund capital and operating projects for transit projects, totaling $86 million for 2009. The C-TIB makes decisions about how to spend the money generated by the new ¼ cent regional sales tax, which was authorized in the transportation bill passed last year.

Funded projects will include:

CAPITAL   

OPERATING   

TOTAL FOR 2009
$85.9 million

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Chair of C-TIB, called the project approvals “historic.” Commissioner McLaughlin, Transit for Livable Communities, and other advocates for better transit in Minnesota worked to secure this funding for more than a decade. To learn more about Transit for Livable Communities work to secure this funding source, check out this video honoring the Transit Partners coalition (in which TLC played a key role).

This new regional sales tax will not solve the bus funding shortfall which has come about because of a precipitous decline in the sales tax on new and used vehicles – the major funding source for bus service.  TLC will be working hard during the 2009 session to work with legislators to fill an expected $45 million hole in the budget for bus service. 

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