Washington, DC – The results are in and voters across the country overwhelmingly voiced their support for investing in more public transportation. In large and small communities across the country, voters once again showed that investing in public transit and investing in their local economies is critical to their communities.
Yesterday, 6 of 9 public transportation-related ballot measures passed — an approval rate of 67 percent, with one measure still undecided. Overall in 2019, 12 of 16 public transportation ballot measures were approved, a win percentage of 75 percent, with one still undecided. Three more measures will be considered by voters before year end.
These results follow a long track record of success for public transportation at the ballot box. Historically over the past two decades, public transportation measures have won more than 70 percent of the time.
“The voters have spoken and pledged their vote where they know it’s needed, by investing in public transportation,” said American Public Transportation Association President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “Last night, voters said ‘yes’ to measures that will expand and improve public transit, spur economic development and job creation, and connect communities and the people who live in them. These ballots once again underscore the importance of local, state, and federal partnerships in transportation investment.”
Highlights from last night’s results include:
• Harris County, TX voters strongly supported a $3.5 billion bond measure to support the MetroNEXT plan and greatly expand public transit in the Houston metro area. Preliminary results show 68% of voters supported the measure, versus 32% against.
• Voters in Cincinnati, OH, approved a measure to conditionally repeal the county’s earnings tax for public transit if a countywide sales tax measure is passed to replace it this year. This is the first step for Hamilton County in revamping and increasing the county’s transit funding next year. Preliminary results revealed 76% voting “Yes” to 24% voting “No”.
• In Albuquerque, NM, voters approved two measures, a receipts tax and a bond measure, to increase local public transit funding. Preliminary results show the receipts tax passing 65% to 35%, and the bond measure passing 58% to 42%.
• In Maine, voters overwhelmingly approved a $105 million bond measure to benefit transportation, with a portion of the funds dedicated to public transit, ports, harbors, airports, railroads, and bicycle and pedestrian trails.
• Lake County, OH voters approved a 0.25% sales tax for 10 years to support Laketran, by a count of 58% to 42%.
To see information on all of 2019’s transit-related ballot measures, click here.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.