Mayor Treece and City Council Members, 

I would like to submit PedNet Coalition’s strong support for the letter  from the Public Transit Advisory Commission on your Council agenda  tonight. 

We fully support PTAC’s assessment of the disconnect between the  Strategic Plan’s social equity/infrastructure goals and the City’s current  budget plan to disinvest in transit. 

In addition to the Strategic Plan, the devastating cuts to transit also work  against community members’ and the City’s stated priorities in many  other plans: 

In Columbia Imagined, 1/3 of the plan’s high-level goals for this visionary  future of the city include improving transit service. 

In the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan, transit service  improvements are a strategy and performance measure of every single  goal. 

Improvements to transit service align with Vision Zero‘s goal of  eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries. 

In the 2013 Community Health Assessment, transit is included as a  component of the public health system and “more public transit” is listed  as part of the vision of what Boone County will look like in 2023. 

The upcoming Climate Action & Adaptation Plan has not yet been  released, but as a Climate Task Force member I can share with you that  the plan’s transportation recommendations rely heavily on a robust  transit system in order to achieve the goals adopted by Council to  reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

We fully support and applaud Council Member Skala’s proposal to  reallocate 2.5% of the transportation sales tax each from roads and the  airport to increase the transit budget. If the rough calculations are  correct, this would result in a matched increase of approximately  $1.2 million, an 18% increase to the transit operating expenses budget.  This increase would be significant for improving service. 

We ask for your commitment to reinvest in transit so the City of Columbia and our community members can achieve our highest  priority goals. 

Thank you, 

Annette Triplett 

Executive Director

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