Kentucky Public Transit Association (KPTA's) Legislative
A strong public transit network is an essential
part of a strong economy. Transit connects Kentucky’s citizens to work,
school, health care facilities, and other basic human needs regardless
of location. Nearly 30 million trips are taken each year utilizing
Kentucky’s urban and rural transit network. More than one half of these
trips are related to employment.
KBT urges the Kentucky General
Assembly to create a multi-modal transportation fund that provides a
dedicated, sufficient, and reliable revenue source to match federal
funds, operate, maintain and upgrade facilities, purchase equipment, and
to provide necessary transportation services to all Kentucky’s citizens
including hard working Kentucky taxpayers, Veterans, students, older
adults, disabled Kentuckians, and those without access to private
Sponsored by the
Kentucky Public Transit Association
demand for public transportation services in Kentucky continues to grow each
year. The state’s residents need quick and convenient access to jobs,
medical treatment and education – whether they drive a car or not.
Statewide, Kentucky has more
than 40 transit providers who supply more than 25 million rides each
year in all 120 counties. From Paducah to Pikeville, these agencies
are providing safe, convenient and affordable transportation to
those who need it the most. In rural areas, that means getting
people to distant hospitals for live-sustaining treatments. It means
taking people to their kidney dialysis treatments at community care
plays a vital role in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by providing
access to jobs, education, medical care and recreation. We in
the public transit community are dedicated to building a network
of transportation services in Kentucky that will set the
standard for other states.” – Beecher Hudson,
Kentucky Public Transit Association.
Why Support Public Transportation?
The demand for transportation is expected to increase in the coming years
because of changes in the population, economy and culture. The current
transportation network serves a diverse population with diverse needs that
will only increase. Consider:
Public transportation services
must be expanded to meet the needs of an aging population. Kentucky will
add nearly 576,000 elderly residents over the next three decades. By
2030, about one-third of the state’s population will be over 55.
Traffic congestion is
increasing each year on the state’s highways and particularly in urban
areas. In Louisville in the last 10 years, the average delay in for
rush-hour drivers has increased from 9 to 46 hours per year. Statewide,
the annual vehicle miles traveled has increased by nearly 1 million each
of the last four years.
Only three states have a higher
percentage of people with disabilities than Kentucky – Arkansas,
Louisiana and West Virginia. Statewide, 9% of the state’s population is
disabled, and most of them are dependent on transit for trips to the
doctor, jobs and school. Many of them don’t work at all because of the
lack of transportation; an estimated 70% of persons with disabilities
are not employed and are on welfare. Paul Hearne, a disability activist
and president of the Dole Foundation, says that presents a significant
opportunity cost. "Employing and accommodating people with disabilities
in the workplace has tremendous potential to impact our nation's
economy," says Hearne. "All people with disabilities need consumer and
economic power and a unity of purpose in order to promote the goal of
full inclusion in American society."
Transit saves money. As gas
prices and insurance cost skyrocket, many families can’t afford to have
a second car. With safe and convenient transit service, one-car families
still have access to jobs, shopping, church and schools.
For most people, the trip to
work has gotten longer; both time and distance has increased.
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