What’s up with this new funding program?
We’ve been hearing about a new program that expands public transit and adds new services, so we decided to go to the source to learn about it. We visited with several public transit providers from around the state to find out what we can expect with the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund. We’re all paying into it – there’s a 1/10th of 1% payroll tax that went into effect July 1. So what will we get out of it?
Here’s what Allan Pollock of Cherriots in Salem had to say:
Here’s what Mary Jo Carpenter of Community Connections in Baker had to say:
And here’s what Julie Brown of Rogue Valley Transit in Medford had to say:
It’s an exciting time for those who use and support public transportation – and for those who never have but may be able to with improved and expanded service. We asked a couple of our partners what they were most excited about:
In eastern Oregon, rural communities rely on public transportation in a different way than bigger cities – and in many ways, they may experience even more benefits. Mary Jo Carpenter explains:
She also talked about how public transportation options can help people feel and be more independent – and wanting that feeling is not unique to the eastern side of the state:
Next up in this program: local providers will be reaching out to communities to find out what’s important, so these new funds can be spent on public transportation improvements you and your community find valuable.
Get the numbers in an infographic: Payroll Transit Tax, by the numbers