The tax provides for operating and capital on the bus side and only capital on the rail side as there’s a firewall to not allow that money to be used for operation. Rail operations are paid for by the member cities in which it operates through an equation based on track mileage. He also said that there are some cities in the Valley that have a local transit tax outside the regional countywide tax and there is some money they get from the lottery.
Banta said with the Prop 400 and other local money, they have a lot more dedicated funding then some of the other transit authorities. He said, “It’s a great story for me when I go back to Washington and the FTA … I’m not always there back with my hand out. We’re telling them about the things we’re doing in the region without support from Washington or the DOT.