Let’s Keep Ada County Moving!

Welcome to the Citizens for Better Transportation website. The group supports the enhanced Ada County Vehicle Registration Fees on the November 6, 2018 ballot, and this space has been created to give you information about the issue. Please look around and ask us any questions you have about this important vote. Let’s keep Ada County moving!

8 thoughts on “Let’s Keep Ada County Moving!”

    1. Mr. Osborne,

      The larger rigs, those over 8,000 pounds, are covered by another portion of state law that does not allow the local registration fees (Idaho Code 49-434 and I.C. 49-435). A couple of lawmakers have talked about bringing legislation to place them under the law, but the earliest that could occur is the 2019 legislative session. We believe it is better to get the funds we need now to fight congestion, get more mobility projects underway and build more sidewalk, bike lanes and Safe Routes to School, while going after changes to the law. It’s certainly possible to have both.

  1. Until ACHD and ITD expand their charters to include and to support public mass transit we will keep charging toward gridlock and congestion, divided neighborhoods and hundreds of acres of pavement and concrete choking off our aquifers.

    1. Dave: ACHD does support transit with Commissioners serving on the ValleyRide board and building transit infrastructure into its projects. The plan for the State Street Corridor depends on transit become a major draw for commuters, which could allow us to have a seven-lane arterial with bus stops, bike lanes and sidewalks rather than something as wide as a freeway in the future. By law, ACHD cannot fund transit operations but to say the District ignores transit is inaccurate.

      1. I didn’t say ACHD “ignores” anything. And, as you said, “ACHD cannot fund transit operations” (without an explanation as to why that is), which is what my comment addressed.

        1. ACHD, as a limited role government, has only those powers granted by state law, a conclusion the District’s legal team has extensively researched. This makes ACHD different from a city, which has broad powers granted by state law. Transit was not part of ACHD’s mandate established by lawmakers and approved by voters.

  2. So since part of this initiative, and what appears to be part of many others is additional bike lanes, why not charge a registration fee on bicycles to help offset the cost?

    1. Greg — That’s a good question. The biggest reason is such a fee is currently not authorized by state law. Some have argued the same reasoning about sidewalks, saying walkers aren’t paying for their facilities. At this point, we believe it’s best to support sidewalks and bike lanes as a means of providing safe facilities for students and other, non-automotive users of the road sysatem. Getting people out of the cars for short trips reduces congestion.

      Also, cyclists rightly argue that the vast majority of riders own cars and pay property taxes, meaning they contribute the same fees as everybody else.

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