Thank you to everyone in Gallatin County who voted in our recent elections for the creation of the Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District! I was excited that nearly 80% of our community supported public transportation in Bozeman and Belgrade.
The final numbers released by the Gallatin County elections office showed that nearly 80% of voters supported the creation of the Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District (GVUTD). This is overwhelming support for a measure that will benefit all Gallatin Valley residents.
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HRDC CEO Heather Grenier says Streamline bus and Galavan paratransit services will continue as normal during the two years it will take to transition.
Community advocates for the creation of the Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District (GVUTD) celebrated voters’ approval of the measure Tuesday night, saying that the newly established district will enable the Streamline bus and Galavan paratransit services to continue to meet the transportation needs of our community.
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According to unofficial results released just after 10 p.m. by the Gallatin County Elections Department, 79% of voters supported forming a transportation district, while 21% opposed it. Election results will be finalized on May 12.
We also should vote yes on the creation of a transportation district. This vote will not cost us any money, and it will allow us to continue and design a bus service that is necessary for the environment and for the efficient transportation of all members of our community.
As a regular Streamline rider, I had the pleasure of getting to know the morning and evening Pinkline drivers. It brightened my day to chat with them on the way to and from work, and warmed my heart to see the kindness and respect they showed to all passengers.
Galavan began as a volunteer program in 1973, with HRDC inheriting oversight of its operations in the mid-1980s. Since then, the program has grown immensely and has served thousands of riders.
The numbers say Galavan provides roughly one hundred or more rides a day with 75% of people counting on the service to get to work or doctor’s appointments.
The GVUTD will allow us to maintain our current level of Streamline/Galavan services at no extra cost to taxpayers. As the Chronicle Editorial Board recently observed, “Supporting it should be a no-brainer.”