Dedicated Funding for Regional Transit

What is Dedicated Funding?

First and foremost, dedicated funding means providing a reliable source of annual revenues that provides support to transit operations and capital costs. It does not necessarily mean "new" or "increased" funding, but the expansion of existing transit service will necessitate new revenue.

Revenues, which can be implemented in a variety of ways, are established on the front-end, by a legislative body or by the voters, to be dedicated for transit without being subject to the same kind of discretion associated with general fund revenues. This approach reduces the annual burden placed on local governments to find funding for public transportation and minimizes the uncertainty for public transit customers, operators, and the business community looking to invest along fixed transit routes.

An Historic Milestone: 2009 Enabling Legislation

For more than two decades community leaders in the greater Nashville region have been talking about moving forward together to implement a better mass transit system for reasons related to personal convenience, economic growth and prosperity, and environmental sustainability. That talk has included the notion of coming together as a region to dedicated local or regional funding to mass transit.

On July 14, 2009, Tennessee Senate Bill 1471 (House Bill 1263) was signed into law by Governor Phil Bredesen establishing the necessary legal framework that will provide the tools required to keep Tennessee's urban areas competitive with other region's of the nation.

What Does the Enabling Legislation Do?

Why is the Enabling Legislation Important?

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