Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
The Counties Transit Improvement Board was created on April 1, 2008, as required by Minn. Statute Section 297A.992, by a joint powers agreement between the counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington. Its purpose is to receive and distribute the quarter-cent transit sales tax and the $20 motor vehicle sales tax, permitted by the Legislature. CTIB distributes the collected taxes by awarding annual grants for the development, construction, and operation of transitways serving the five-county area.
These five counties hold 92 percent of residents within, as well as more than 92 percent of the tax base of, the entire Twin Cities metropolitan region.
CTIB works in collaboration with the Metropolitan Council and Carver and Scott counties. Each county has two members and one alternate on the board. The Metropolitan Council has one member and one alternate.
Within CTIB, there are also two committees:
- The Executive Committee consists of the CTIB officers and one county commissioner from each county who are not officers
- The Grant Evaluation and Ranking System (GEARS) Committee evaluates all capital and operating grant applications, compiling a list of ranked potential projects for CTIB to review. Each county is represented, along with cities from within the counties
CTIB awards grants for capital and operating on an annual basis through a competitive solicitation process. CTIB has awarded a total of $11,784,000 in grants to Washington County since 2009 that have been used to accelerate the development of the following transitway projects:
- Red Rock Corridor Station Area Planning
- Newport Transit Station Land Acquisition, Design and Construction
- Gateway Alternatives Analysis and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- Demonstration Commuter Bus Service from Forest Lake to Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Property Acquisition along the Hardwood Creek Trail / Future Transit Corridor
There is a total of $4,712,000 of grant funds remaining that have been deferred for future use.