Whether it’s simple misinformation, rumor or pernicious untruth the myth persists that public investment in transit means support for public transit. According to Transit for Livable Communities, the alternative transit advocacy group, the fact is that “local property taxes make up 40% of the cost of road funding in Minnesota.” TLC further reports that “gas taxes, (the funding source most calibrated to the amount someone actually uses the roads) make up 23% of road funding.
TCL plays an essential role in Minnesota’s efforts to understand transit as a comprehensive issue involving not only roads but public transit (buses, LRT, trains), bicycling, and walking. The website also offers links to a wealth of research and media coverage of transit related issues at the local, regional and national levels.
There are avid users of public transit, those who go so far as to consider their transit options, and many who wish demon drivers would avail themselves of the bus, LRT, bike and walking paths. These and others who care about transit planning will do well to check the state budget to see where state funding really goes – and who decides.
On Tuesday, February 15, Governor Dayton will unveil his budget which will start a host of TLC sponsored information and discussion forums:
• The next day, February 16, TLC will sponsor a session at the State Capitol at which legislative leaders will offer their perspectives on the budget and their own transit expectations. That session is 10:00-11:45 AM in Room 112 at the State Capitol.
• On February 23 TLC will be in South Minneapolis 7:00-8:30 p.m at St. Joan of Arc Hospitality Hall, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis 55419. St. Joan of Arc Catholic parish is located in South Minneapolis on 46th Street 1 block east of 35W. Enter the building by walking across the parking lot from the 3rd Avenue side. SJA is served by bus routes 46 and 11. In addition, express routes 156X, 535, 578, 579, and 597 serve the I35W and 46th St. station (check Metro Transit for times). Bike and vehicle parking available onsite.
• For Northeast Minneapolis residents Roseville may be more convenient. The session is March 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 North Hamline, Roseville, MN 55113. The Roseville Library is located at the intersection of Hamline and County Road B and is served by bus route 65. Bicycle and vehicle parking are available outside.
This and additional information including registration and maps is on the TLC Calendar or in the Capitol Line, an e-letter issued by TLC every two weeks during the session. Follow the newsletter on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe for email delivery by contacting TLC.
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