Model Policies — Sales tax

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Minnesota Active Transportation Program

Establishes an active transportation program (ATP) and allocates certain general sales tax revenue for the fund. Subsequently, the ATP was established in the 2017 Omnibus Transportation Bill, and was funded in 2019 with STP funds in 2019. Read the legislation.

Published on 04/27/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Taxes, Walking
State: Minnesota
Tags: 2017, Sales tax

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Vermont Carbon Pollution Tax

Establishing a carbon pollution tax that would promote sustainable transportation measures related to the movement of people and goods that, on a life-cycle basis, will result in a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of fossil fuels, including public transportation and...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Environment/Sustainability, Dedicated Funding, Health, Transit, Transportation, Taxes, Walking
State: Vermont
Tags: Gas tax, Sales tax, 2016

Success Stories

Pennsylvania Transportation Bill Means Millions for Trails, Walking and Biking

When Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive transportation bill, Act 89, in 2013, it was a big win for walking and biking in the state. The bill allocates funding for all modes of surface transportation—roads, transit, and yes, even walking and biking. Although trails, walking and biking must...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Transportation, Transit, Cycling, Walking, Trails, Dedicated Funding, Vehicle Fees, Taxes
Tags: Gas tax, 2013

California’s Active Transportation Program: A Model of Stable, Consolidated Funding

In 2013, California’s Senate Bill 99 created California’s first active transportation program. Earlier in the year, the governor had proposed cuts to active transportation funding. A coalition of advocates—including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Coalition for Recreational Trails, the Safe Routes...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Dedicated Funding, Federal Funding, Cycling, Walking, Trails, Transportation
Tags: Safe Routes to School, 2013