Potential Utility Fee to Fund Columbia Transit


Potential Utility Fee to Fund Columbia Transit
Location Columbia/Boone County Missouri
Organization Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services; The PedNet Coalition and Central Missouri Community Action

The Columbia Transit system is stressed due to increased student ridership, new routes, budget cuts, and higher fuel costs. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services conducted a rapid health impact assessment (HIA) in response to the Columbia Transit System Expansion HIA completed in 2012. The Columbia, Missouri City Council requested an HIA be performed on a potential utility fee designated to fund public transportation in Columbia. The utility fee would be used to fund redesigned routes, expanded operating hours, and more timely service. The focus of the HIA was the potential impact on housing conditions and safety of fixed- and low-income households if the proposed utility fee is added to their existing bill. Indicators included food insecurity, stress, decreased health care access, and poor housing conditions and housing security.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2013, January
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
    Tax and budget policy
  • Additional topic areas:
    Financing, Utilities, Public transit, Food and nutrition, Mental/behavioral health
  • Drivers of health:
    Access to healthy food, Safe, affordable, and healthy housing, Access to services/medical care, Income and wealth, Safe and affordable public transit
  • Affected populations:
    Economically disadvantaged
  • Community types:
  • Research methods:
    Literature review, Primary research, Survey, Qualitative research
  • Funding source:
    Other funding