Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dedicated Funding Source

In the long run, there was not a single person writing in the National Journal transportation panel section that said the VMT tax was an inherently bad idea. Very interesting.

On a similar note, Tennessee is looking to give regional transit authorities the ability to have a source.
First, it would allow other major municipalities in Tennessee to establish their own Regional Transportation Authority, like the one already in place for Middle Tennessee.

It would then allow a local RTA to take one of two routes in order to establish a dedicated funding source for regional transportation. An RTA could take a dedicated funding proposal to voters for a referendum, or it could ask a local legislative body like Metro Council to pass a law created a new funding source for mass transit.
Nashville recently opened the Music City Star which hasn't performed as well as perhaps it should and is also looking at alternatives on two other corridors. It seems as if these projects could be sped up by a dedicated source. We'll be watching to see how this progresses.

3 comments:

John Wirtz said...

What has the ridership been like on the music city star line?

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I believe it's just under 1000. The projections ran it at 1900.

Imee said...

To me VMT taxes aren't so bad either, and I'm no Republican. In the end, it isn't about which party you support anyway--it's the projects they do that matter.