CTAI Blog

Ahh! Transit benefits about to expire!

Monday, November 22, 2010

If you take transit to get to work each day, this coming January you could pay more out of your own pocket when the transit tax deduction gets cut in half. Meanwhile drivers will keep their full parking benefit, which is double what transit commuters will be eligible to receive. For those who spend more than $120 a month on your commute in a vanpool, train or bus, the federal government will be sending a message loud and clear: they’d like you to start driving to work, where you can get $230 for parking deducted from your paycheck tax free.

A provision in the stimulus bill increased the transit benefit from $120 to $230, finally putting it on equal footing with the $230 parking benefit and extending this great benefit to everyone, whether they drive or take transit each day. But that provision is about to expire unless Congress votes to extend it during their December session.

Transportation is the second largest household expense for many households. The millions of Americans who depend on transit to get to work each day shouldn’t have to pay more to do something that also saves us energy, reduces congestion and emissions, and uses less oil.

If you do not think it is fair, then tell congress! Transportation for America has setup a petition you can sign to urge Congress to restore the transit benefit and make it equal to the parking benefit. Signatures will be delivered December 1, so you must act fast! (Source: Transportation for America)

Compressed Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel Source

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Compressed Natural Gas, otherwise known as CNG, is growing in popularity as an alternate source of fuel across the United States. In Idaho, Allied Waste has set the example by converting all of its trash collection vehicles to run on CNG, in addition, Valley Ride in Ada County runs several of the Boise buses on CNG. This fuel has a reputation of being a cleaner and less expensive alternative to traditional gasoline and diesel. In addition, using natural gas would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. There are many vehicle types that can be fueled by CNG, including passenger cars and trucks, passenger and cargo vans, utility trucks, cutaways, shuttle buses, and heavy-duty trucks and buses.

The price of CNG is on average $0.80 to $1.25 less per gasoline gallon equivalent, and give the price of gas, that savings is going to increase. In addition, there are tax credits available to convert vehicles and for the purchase of new CNG fueled vehicles. The cost of a typical conversion pays for itself in about 4.2 years and assumes a life-cycle savings of $8,000 over a seven year period (source: Shift to CNG).

The problem in Idaho is the lack of public fueling stations. The opportunity is that federal funding is available to help set up fueling stations along major corridors of the state.

So what would it take for you to change over to CNG?

CTAI Supports President Obama's Call for Transportation Investment

Monday, October 18, 2010

Last week President Obama urged for an investment in transportation – a move that will have a long term economic benefits for the country and meet a strong public demand for additional infrastructure investment. CTAI supports President Obama’s investment and we look forward to improvements in Idaho’s transportation infrastructure. What do you think are the greatest improvements needed in our state or within your community?

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