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17 transportation ballot measures approved

Posted on November 5, 2014

Kevin McCoy
Kevin McCoy

Seventeen ballot measures impacting transportation were successful on Tuesday, according to results digested by the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE).

Successful initiatives include a measure in Alameda County, Calif., where 70% of voters approved an increase in the current transportation sales tax from half a cent to a full penny on the dollar for 30 years. Also in the Bay Area, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, which provides $500 million for transit.

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With five measures yet to be totaled, there were nine transportation-related measures that lost, including in Pinellas County, Fla., where voters again overwhelmingly rejected a one-penny sales tax hike to pay for the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.

The defeat could result in severe cuts in the county’s bus service over the next few years and is a major setback for transit advocates and local leaders who touted the $2.2 million plan for light rail and expanded bus service as the first step toward development of a robust mass transit network across Tampa Bay, according to The Tampa Tribune.

For a complete synopsis of transportation measures by CFTE, click here.

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