Gov. Butch Otter's Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding will hear from the chairman of a new seven-member Public Transportation Subcommittee that will consider Idaho’s long-term public transportation needs and funding options.
“We’re looking for better ways to leverage state, federal, local and private funding to provide more effective public transportation for Idaho,” Otter said in a news release. “Better coordination will lead to improved service, less congestion and cleaner air. It’s up to this subcommittee to explore how to get all that done in a sustainable way and within the people’s means.”
The task force holds its fourth meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Capitol Building’s Garden Level West Wing, Room 2. The subcommittee is to be introduced at 2:50 p.m.
Otter appointed the task force last year, after he'd failed to convince lawmakers to boost transportation taxes and fees for the second year running. Recommendations from the group are due in December, after the biennial legislative elections and Otter's reelection bid are decided.
The subcommittee will be chaired by David Bennion of Boise, a retired engineering firm executive. Bennion has almost 40 years of infrastructure development experience. He also has held leadership positions with the Public Works Licensing Board, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise Economic Development Council and various civic organizations.
The other subcommittee members include State Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Eagle, a former Idaho Transportation Board chairman. Joining Bennion and Winder are Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint and state Reps. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, Bill Killen, D-Boise and Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls and Republican Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank. Smith is a former ITD Board member.
The agenda for Thursday’s meeting, additional information about the Task Force and a way to submit suggestions or questions can be found at http://itd.idaho.gov/taskforce.
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