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Administrator Pete... Posted on 11/10/11 at 4:50 AM
An aging population, increasing gas prices and a growing immigrant population that can’t afford multiple vehicles to drive to work are all factors in the increasing need for transit services in rural Minnesota.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners allocated Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) funds for transitway projects to reimburse Washington County for funds already paid and to pay for transit service that has been provided to date.
Washington County got some good news from Washington D.C. this past week.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-St. Paul) informed county officials that her office is submitting a request for $4 million in federal funding for a planned I-94 corridor transit alternatives study.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners made it clear that the county is not in the business of operating transit services when it voted 5-0 April 14 to endorse a Metropolitan Council plan to continue to allow Metro Transit to manage Dial-A-Ride services in the county.
The chairman of the Senate transit subcommittee reversed directions Wednesday, now promising to consider a bill that would take $95 million out of Twin Cities transit funding and spread it among school bus programs statewide.
I totally fail to see why Washington County should spend $5 million a year just for the opportunity to be “at the table” when the Transit Improvement Board (TIB) makes its decisions about how to spend the quarter percent sales tax money from the five metropolitan counties.
Throughout my service on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, I’ve had to make my share of difficult decisions. The vote this spring concerning the statewide transit tax was one of the tougher ones.
Dennis Hegberg, Viewpoint Writer
, August 27, 2008
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