In an earlier post on the prospects for BRT in Riverside, I erroneously stated that the recently-passed transportation funding bill, ABX8 6, allowed local jurisdictions to submit local gas taxes to the voters, the revenues of which could be used to fund transit, cycling and pedestrian programs. In making this claim, I was relying on the Senate's analysis of 2/22/2010, which was the most recent analysis available from the State. As a result of discussions with RTA and Councilman Melendrez, I have been informed that this provision was stricken from the bill by the Senate, and therefore is not part of the law that the Governor signed last month.
Of course, this means that we are no better off in terms of operations funding than we were before this bill passed, and there are no new local funding opportunities for transit operations. Please send a thank-you note to your state Senators for this wonderful gift.