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Nashville Mayor files bill for May transportation referendum

Government Issues| December 12, 2017

Mayor Barry wants to raise four taxes, including the sales tax, to create dedicated funding for a far-reaching mass transit proposal that includes light rail.

President looks to states, localities to raise revenue for infrastructure

Government Issues| December 7, 2017

The approach now being contemplated is considered innovative by some infrastructure experts but also carries considerable political and economic risks for Trump, according to a Washington Post report.

Government Issues| November 13, 2017

Nearly 90% of public transit ballot initiatives pass in 2017

Throughout the country this year, voters in 17 states and communities of all sizes voted for increased investment in public transportation, bringing the success rate to nearly 90% (87.5%), according to the American Public Transportation Association

Rail| September 20, 2017

City Council approves transfer of Atlanta Streetcar to MARTA

The $99 million streetcar opened in December 2014 amid sky-high expectations, but ridership failed to meet expectations in its first year and plummeted nearly 60% after the city began charging $1 to ride.

Rail| July 19, 2017

Mayor says Miami-Dade can't afford to build more rail lines

Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s $534 million proposal for rapid-bus routes would indefinitely defer the Metrorail expansion promised voters in 2002 during a referendum for a half-percent transportation tax.

Rail| March 9, 2017

2 KC streetcar petitions headed for August ballot

One of the petitions seeks two sales taxes totaling three-eighths of a cent for 25 years to pay for streetcar expansion, while the other would prohibit Kansas City from doing any planning or implementing of any fixed-rail expansion without a citywide vote.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Petition to expand KC Streetcar garners enough signatures for April vote

The streetcar plan would ask voters to approve a three-eighths-cent citywide sales tax for 25 years to help fund a $1 billion, 26-mile streetcar system, building on the city’s 2.2-mile streetcar starter route.

Government Issues| November 10, 2016

Ballot measure defeat sends Mich. RTA officials back to drawing board

The 20-year, 1.2-mill property tax would have raised $4.6 billion for mass transit in Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Oakland counties.

Rail| October 25, 2016

Uber endorses Sound Transit 3 light rail expansion ballot measure

The $54 billion ballot measure would add 62 miles of light rail with stations that would serve 37 new areas and grow the system to 116 miles.

Government Issues| September 15, 2016

Pub perspective: 2016 referendums could be game changer

A record number of such measures are on ballots across the country, reflecting an increased interest in meeting the growing demand for public transportation by local and state action.

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