~ CITIZENS FOR REGIONAL TRANSIT QUARTERLY MEETING ~
STATE AND LOCAL FUNDING FOR TRANSIT:
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
United Way, 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
Free and Open to All
- State Assemblyman Sean Ryan
- Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke
- Lynda Stephens, Subsidy Action Committee, Coalition for Economic Justice
Assemblyman Ryan has been leading the recent charge in Albany to address this need. His plan recognizes the positive economic impact of encouraging increased ridership on public transportation as a caveat of additional funding for the system.
Erie County currently provides minimal portions of tax revenues to the NFTA. The Erie County IDA exempts some of these taxes in its incentives to developers and businesses, further limiting the funds available to transit from Erie County.
The Western New York region has recently seen cutbacks in transit services and is now threatened with further cutbacks of critical routes if budget solutions are not found. These transit services facilitate the upward mobility of urban residents who otherwise lack access to well-paying jobs and are needed by area businesses.
Not investing in Western New York’s public transportation is sure to impede future growth and lead to ever worsening traffic congestion on already over-used public thoroughfares such as the Youngman, Kensington and Interstate 90. Concern about Buffalo’s sustained commercial and labor market growth is everybody’s business, come join us and learn more on April 15th.
Reports such as Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment (2014), written by Glen Weisbrod for the American Public Transportation Association, have shown that labor market mobility has an outsized positive impact on a region’s economic health through travel time savings, transportation cost savings, travel reliability and safety improvements. Thus it stands to reason that increased availability and use of public transportation will not only alleviate traffic congestion and reduce less obvious environmental costs, but will also help sustain and expand Buffalo’s renaissance.