We got this news release this morning and thought some of you might be interested.
PHOENIX (Dec. 29, 2008) –Revenues from the Local Transportation Assistance Fund II (LTAFII), which are generated from the Arizona state lottery, have been released by Governor Janet Napolitano from the 2009 fiscal year state budget. Realizing how transit is crucial for finding work, getting to jobs, doctor appointments, school and shopping, the Governor has approved that the state-provided funds be available to 95 cities and towns throughout Arizona.
“With a significant decrease in vehicle miles traveled in the state and across the country, it is important to continue to provide alternatives for travel,” said David A. Boggs, executive director of Valley Metro. In October, Arizona reported a 6 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled, while the U.S. reported a 3.5 percent decrease over the same period one year ago.
In MaricopaCounty, more than $ 7 million dollars will be provided to 24 cities and towns and the county, which will provide much relief in the continued transit operations of services that serve as a lifeline for many seniors, disabled and low-income residents. See attachments for a complete list of LTAFII distributions and projects in the state.
Valley Metro/RPTA is an organization of 14 local governments that provides or funds transit services to citizens in the greater Phoenix metropolitan and surrounding areas. For more information about Valley Metro public transit services, call Transit Information at (602) 253-5000; for callers with TTY (602) 261-8208; or visit the Valley Metro website at www.ValleyMetro.org.