Voters pass 33 of 48 transportation ballot measures

Voters pass 33 of 48 transportation ballot measures

From:  Metro:

On Tuesday, voters approved 33 of 48 local and statewide public transit measures for a current passage rate of 71% based on unofficial election results. Three measures on November 8 ballots remain to be called.

Throughout the country in 2016, in 23 states and communities of all sizes, voters considered nearly $200 billion in local investment for public transportation at the ballot box. The number of ballot measures (49), as well as their collective total amount (nearly $200 billion), were the largest in history.

Since 2000, the average success rate of transit measures is 71%.   Additionally, 77 total transit measures appeared on ballots throughout 2016, the highest number on record. This follows a growing trend in the number of measures annually, which indicates local communities are increasingly understanding the need for local investment in public transportation and recognizing that ballot initiatives can be a powerful way to meet that need, according to APTA.

One big win, included Los Angeles’ ambitious Measure M, which will renew the current half-cent sales tax to continue funding transportation projects throughout the region, as well as an additional half-cent sales tax to expand and improve light rail and subway lines. The measure could raise up to $120 billion over 40 years for transit and road improvements. Altogether, nine out of 16 California ballot measures were successful, with other measures finding success in Marion County, Ind.; Greensboro and Wake County, N.C.; and Seattle and Spokane, Wash.

For a full list of measures, click here. "Americans from every background agree that more public transportation is great for their community. And with a passage rate of 69 percent, they show they are more than willing to pay for it," said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Chair Doran J. Barnes.  READ MORE >


  Allstar Takes Delivery of new Van Hool CX45 Luxury Coaches

Allstar Takes Delivery of new Van Hool CX45 Luxury Coaches

From:  ABC Companies:

Allstar recently took delivery of two new Van Hool CX45 luxury coaches. Powered by Cummins ISX 425 HP engine, driving through an Allison B500 GenV transmission, the 56 passenger coaches are equipped with 110 Volt outlets, WiFi, leather seating, woodgrain flooring, Alcoa aluminum wheels, REI Elite Entertainment systems with 15.4” video monitors, enclosed parcel racks and side window curtains.

The coachs also feature Van Hool safety features including 3 point seatbelts, ASA sideview camera, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression Systems, automatic stability control, daytime running lights, curbside lighting and adaptive static aiming lights.

According to Allstar General Manager, Rick Price, “We choose ABC and Van Hool based on their reputation. The Van Hool buses and ABC both have a good reputation through everyone we had spoken to in our research. The Van Hool buses were able to provide all of the amenities we were looking for such as the leather seating, wood floors, top of the line entertainment systems, rear and side view cameras and other advanced safety features. ABC has been extremely responsive in the entire sales process with all of the questions we threw at them.”

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  Port Authority kicks off fare change marketing effort

From:  Pittsburgh Trib Live:

Pittsburgh, PA - Change is coming to Port Authority of Allegheny County's fare system, and officials want to get the word out.

An overhaul and simplification of the authority's two-zone fare policy kicks in Jan. 1. Between then and now, the public transit agency will blitz clients with an informational campaign through on-bus audio messages, billboards, social media and more.

Port Authority kicks off fare change marketing effort

“Our hope is that before the end of the year, riders are sick of hearing about the changes, and at least then we'll know we've gotten to everyone,” CEO Ellen McLean said during a board meeting Friday.The marketing effort is budgeted to cost about $50,000, spokesman Adam Brandolph said.

Board members in late April approved sweeping changes to the agency's fare policy, including the replacement of multiple fare zones with a single-zone fare.

Officials have cited requests for a simpler, easier-to-use transit system as an impetus for the overhaul. They hope an easier system will lead to more ridership and hope the flat-fare policy will reverse an increasing price trend  -  and the authority maintaining one of the highest average base fares in the country.   READ MORE >

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