Washington Policy Center released a study on the Ben Franklin Transit System in Tri-Cities, Washington. It revealed that while transit ridership has decreased 40 percent between 2009 and 2017, the sales tax collected for the agency has jumped by about 43 percent. Operating expenses have climbed by 20 percent. Mariya Frost, director of WPC’s Coles Center for Transportation, collected data from the transit agency. Frost recommended a cut in the local sales tax rate to reflect the service realities.
WPC coincided the release of the study with a press conference. The result was major coverage of the study’s findings in local print, radio, and television media:
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