|Call to Action: Support Dedicated Funding for Lynx!|
|Written by Marjorie Holt|
|Thursday, July 16 2009|
Orange County 2010 Budget
The Sierra Club Central Florida Group supports a 5 cent local option gax tax as a funding source for LYNX. Tell our elected officials this investment in public transportation will help build Central Florida's economic future, reduce fuel consumption, and reduce air pollution by providing an alternative to the automobile. Read Commissioner Stewart's 2010 Budget Memorandum to view other local gas tax options.
2010 Budget Memorandum from Commissioner Stewart:
July 8, 2009
TO: Mayor Richard T. Crotty
FROM: Commissioner Linda Stewart – District 4
REF: Dedicated Funding Source for LYNX - Planning for 2010
Our citizens are being negatively impacted by the downturn in our economy resulting in the highest unemployment in more than 30 years. Their quality of life is being compromised by job losses, cuts in wages and benefits and an increased cost for transportation. Not only would many of our citizens who have relied on their automobiles in the past turn to public transportation if they had viable options, but we also have a large workforce who currently rely on public transportation to get to their jobs. We provide our region’s workforce with a transit system that is operating on an inadequate budget.
Successful transit systems in the United States run service for their workforce every 15 minutes. Our transit system is closer to 60-minute headways. Instead of adding routes to address our citizens’ increasing need for transit options, we have recently cut routes. This is unacceptable for a community as large and diverse as ours.
A recent public opinion poll by METROPLAN, our regional transportation organization, shows that we are ready to commit to transportation other than personal vehicles and to spend previously dedicated highway dollars on other forms of transportation. In Orange County, we have opportunities to bring our service closer to the national standard which will draw more ridership to our system. Some opportunities will require more time to put into place, but others can provide additional resources to LYNX in the near-term.
We have been elected to represent our citizens by making decisions that will ensure their well being and improve our region. We have serious transportation funding deficiencies for Roads, Bridges and Transit and it is time for us to step up. Every District in our County is affected by our poorly funded transit system. The current ridership breakdown by District follows:
# of Routes Annual Rides on LYNX Routes
District 1 - Boyd 27 12,148,689
I am confident that if we provided our citizens with a more efficient transit system with reasonable headways as other cities do across America, the ridership will continue to increase and a large share of people in our community will embrace all transit options as an alternative to their automobiles.
During our budget review, I am hopeful we can discuss scheduling a workshop for transit funding before April 2010.
C: Ajit Lalchandani, County Administrator
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