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Survey: Arizona taxpayers want more buses, light rail

PHOENIX -- Two decades ago, the Arizona legislature set foot on a slippery slope when it swept transportation dollars to the general fund.

Nearly $2 billion later, the Arizona Transit Association would like to see that habit end when new leaders take office.

"All of the elected leaders need to be more aware," said Jim Dickey, the transit association's executive director. "We need to reset some priorities, and look at some creative ways local and regional government can help."

His agency commissioned a transportation study and recently released the survey.

"People under 30 have a very high interest in public transportation systems, not only in the urbanized areas, but in rural Arizona as well," he said of the survey results.

He said the survey also found more than two-thirds of taxpayers preferred their dollars go toward more public buses and light-rail systems.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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