KCATA pleads case for emergency funding

The KCATA and St. Louis Metro transit systems asked a Missouri House committee yesterday for emergency funding to prevent impending service cuts.

KCATA is asking for $14 million to cover shortfalls from reduced sales tax revenues and diversion of transit funds to other uses — all in the face of increased ridership and a recently-enacted fare increase.

The article references a “Ken Kohler”, but we’re pretty sure that it was KCATA’s Mark Huffer doing the legwork at the Capitol, according to information we received from Jeff City.

UPDATE: The article has been corrected and a commenter has confirmed that Bob Kohler was representing KCATA this week in Jefferson City. Also, the request is double the amount of this year’s shortfall, so we’re assuming the $14 million will cover two years of operating assistance, which is in line with most stimulus timelines.


2 Comments so far

  1. Bridget April 9th, 2009 11:47 am

    Actually, The Metro was represented by Bob Kohler, Director of Transportation. The St. Louis paper has corrected his name in the story. Mark Huffer was at the capital last week meeting with senators and representatives.

  2. Dave April 9th, 2009 11:50 am

    Thanks, Bridget!