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Transportation Ballot Measures Mixed in 2011 Election

Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Streetcar Blog

Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Streetcar Blog

As the returns came in late last night from elections all over the country, a few big tickets passed handily while a some others crashed and burned.  Several smaller regions rejected tax measures that would have supported expansion of vital services while larger projects such as bus and rail improvements in Durham North Carolina and Cincinnati Ohio had winning days.  22 of 28 projects have passed this year in an analysis put together by the Center for Transportation Excellence which has a listing of the results

Reviews are up for some of the larger wins and losses last night.  Yonah Freemark discusses what the election means for Durham over at the Transport Politic and the Urban Cincy Blog discusses what it means to finally get a full cast of support for the streetcar moving forward. Finally Vancouver Washington got a .2% jump in thier sales tax to support the ongoing work of the local transit system CTRAN.

Several others just didn't have the same good luck.  The car tab measure in the City of Seattle lost big, the sales tax in Pierce County Washington lost by not as much, and several smaller ballot measures in places like Lorain and Trumbull County Ohio will have cause the towns to drastically cut transit service after the losses. 

Some of the returns are still out such as Tim Eyman's tolling initiative in Washington State which would have banned the use of toll money for non-transportation uses and stopped tolling once a project was paid off.  At last look it was losing but it will be watched closely as absentee ballots are counted. 

Next year is likely to be a huge year for ballot measures and initiatives given the presidential election.  We look forward to following that progress.