Thursday, April 22, 2010

Six Stops to Success- Fifth Stop is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow April 23 at 1:00pm EDT for our fifth webinar Social Media: Friending, Tweeting & Blogging Your Way to Success!

The use of new technology in transportation advocacy campaigns is rapidly moving from a novelty to a necessity. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the online tools available to advocates and effective ways to employ them.

The session will be moderated by Stephanie Vance, the "Advocacy Guru" of Advocacy Associates, LLC. The panelists will include Andrew Schmid, Government and Community Relations Specialist from Sound Transit in Seattle; Sarah Goodyear, Editor and Community Manager of Streetsblog Network and Jeff Wood, the New Media Director/Chief Cartographer at Reconnecting America, and the voice behind his personal transit blog, The Overhead Wire.

All webinars are scheduled on Fridays at 1:00pm Eastern Time. To register, please visit www.cfte.org or www.napta.net!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big Win for Transit in St. Louis!



Voters approve Proposition A!



Yesterday, 63% of voters in St. Louis approved a half-cent sales tax increase to support the Metro regional transit system. The measure is expected to generate about $75 million a year and will be used to expand service and restore cuts to bus routes that were made after voters rejected a tax increase in November 2008.

This was the second transit election of 2010 and the second win! A sales tax increase in Walla Walla, WA was approved by 76% of the voters in February. Upcoming elections include a sales tax measure in Bellingham, WA on the April 27 ballot and property tax measures on the ballot in Glen Dale and Huntington,West Virginia on  May 11.

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Poll Demonstrates High Level of Support for Investment in Public Transportation

Good news for transit advocates! The results of a new nationwide poll demonstrate that a majority of voters in every type of community—urban, suburban, small town and rural—believe that a larger portion of transportation spending should go towards public transit. Even more importantly, a majority of voters are willing to increase their own taxes to expand or improve their transportation options. 

The survey, conducted on behalf of Transportation for America, was designed to assess the attitudes of registered voters towards public transportation, walking and biking.  The results of the poll are overwhelmingly in favor of increasing transportation choices and funding.  This support has been regularly demonstrated at the ballot box over the past decade, as CFTE has documented that 70% of transportation ballot measures have been approved by voters. For communities struggling to provide the necessary financial support for public transportation, these results can help support the decision to place a funding measure on the local or regional ballot. 

Many campaigns struggle with how to convince the segment of voters that do not use the transit system that it is worth voting to support.  In the recent St. Louis campaign, slogans like “Some of us ride it. All of us need it.” have been used to get that message to voters. The survey found that this message resonates, as more than a quarter of respondents said that the most compelling reason for improving and expanding public transportation would be to provide more affordable transportation choices to those who need them and to enable people to get where they need to go.

More information on the poll results can be found HERE