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Ore. light rail supporters rally

Rail| August 29, 2012
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.

Pierce Transit may cut bus service in biggest county

Bus| August 28, 2012
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.
Rail| August 11, 2011

Report: Consensus crucial to rail ballot initiative success

Analysis reaffirms the importance of consensus among the business, elected and environmental communities, and the accompanying financial support. The updated study validated the difficulty of passing an initiative without well-funded, effective use of multimedia and experienced campaign consultants.
Accessibility| March 29, 2011

Washington's Pierce Transit to start service reductions early

As a result of the economic recession and failure of Proposition 1, the Board of Commissioners directed staff to implement a 35 percent reduction in service by October 2011 to address the agency's budget shortfall.
Bus| November 4, 2010

APTA: 73 percent of transit ballot measures pass

Fourteen states approved 22 measures out of 30 state and local public transportation-related ballot initiatives, authorizing nearly $500 million over the next five years.
Bus| November 4, 2009

APTA: Voters support transit at the polls

Colorado, Michigan, Maine and Ohio passed pro-transit initiatives.
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