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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Proposition A Passes!

An early call, but likely a safe one!

Thank you, St. Louis County, for investing in the future of our region's transportation system! Today's vote triggers the enactment of a 1997 vote by St. Louis City to kick in a quarter-cent sales tax increase there, in addition to the half cent sales tax increase in St. Louis County. With a relatively reliable funding source, Metro may now plan its future. The agency may now expand rather than contract!

What's the next stop...err, step? Fighting for a greater share of the state of Missouri's transportation funding pie--one of the most road-centric in the country.

For more coverage of this exciting victory for St. Louis transit, see UrbanSTL.

6 comments:

Adam said...

HOLY CRAP!!! tempered, of course, by the fact that the results aren't yet official but... HOLY CRAP!!!

Matt M. said...

As of 9:52 EST, it's official. 90% precincts reporting...the 62% Yes edge has stayed constant.

Adam said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Jenniferwhatnot said...

Couldn't have said it better myself, Adam!

Alex Ihnen said...

Prop A approval is huge indeed. But I'd venture to say that it makes increased funding from the state LESS likely. I suppose politicians could see that supporting Metro was popular with voters, but I think it's more likely that they'll say, "Metro has its money, it doesn't need more."

Matt M. said...

I agree with you on the surface, Alex.

However, I think we need to take the conversation that Prop A generated to the state level. Should so much funding burden be placed on the local level?

Imagine a Metro system with a dedicated sales tax and a hike in support from the state?

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