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UPDATE: More than 70% of transit measures pass

Accessibility| November 7, 2012
Twenty-one measures with a significant transit component were considered by voters in 12 states. Fourteen measures were approved; one remains undecided as votes continue to be counted in Pierce County, Wash.; and two more public transit measures will be decided in Los Angeles and Kansas City, Mo. next month.

Northern Calif. to vote on one-cent sales tax for transit

Bus| October 4, 2012
Passage of Measure B1 by a two-thirds majority would make Alameda the first county in Northern California to increase its transportation sales tax from a half-cent.
Rail| September 19, 2012

Ore. anti-rail measure passes

Initiative Measure 3-401, which requires countywide voter approval before officials can spend money on rail lines in the county, passed 60% to 40%. The measure may not impact the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension, currently under construction, but could severely limit future rail development in the county.
Rail| September 12, 2012

Portland, Ore. to vote on rail spending

Voters in Oregon’s Clackamas County will decide on Ballot Measure 3-401, which would require county commissioners to get voter approval to spend money on new rail systems. If passed, the initiative could affect a light rail line currently under construction.
Rail| August 29, 2012

Ore. light rail supporters rally

Fighting an anti-rail initiative on the ballot for a special election to be held September 18. The measure, if approved, would require countywide voter approval before officials can use funds to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county.
Bus| August 28, 2012

Pierce Transit may cut bus service in biggest county

Looking into cutting in half or eliminating bus service in the most populous county it serves due to falling sales tax projections and previous service reductions causing a drop in ridership. However, if approved in November, a measure to increase the sales tax may help the struggling agency.
Bus| June 19, 2012

N. Carolina county officials pass on referendum

Durham County voters already approved a tax hike for the plan. Orange County voters will decide whether to approve it this November.
Rail| May 10, 2012

Measure to abolish Honolulu rail authority fails

Less than two years ago voters approved putting the rail project under a semiautonomous board, which resulted in the formation of HART.
December 7, 2011

The Politics of Transit

Once again voters across America have expressed their support for public transit. This past November, approximately 80% of the transit initiatives on ballots across the country passed. The results were impressive by any measure, spread among large urban areas like Cincinnati and Seattle as well as smaller communities like Durham, N.C. and Vancouver, Wash. And, what is most impressive is this happened during what everyone agrees is still one of the most economically-challenging and uncertain time
Bus| November 9, 2011

Pro-transit initiatives passed in N.C., Wash.

The election results bring the total so far in 2011 to 21 victories in 27 public transit elections. The numbers also reflect a long-term trend: since the year 2000, more than 73 percent of public transit ballot measures have passed.

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