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Pro-Transit Ballot Initiatives Continue Track Record of Success



Pro-Transit Ballot Initiatives Continue Track Record of Success

Voters Value Public Transportation – 79 Percent of Transit Measures Passed November 3


By a passage rate of 79 percent, voters across the country voted for pro-transit measures as 11 of 14 local and statewide public transit-related ballot initiatives were approved on November 3. Two additional ballot initiatives are too close to call in Salt Lake County, UT, and Snohomish County, WA.*  (Snohomish County had previously been counted as a win.)


“In communities across the country, voters overwhelmingly voted to increase taxes to support public transportation in local and statewide ballot initiatives at a rate of 79 percent,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.  “This local support for public transportation demonstrates how vital public transportation is for communities of all sizes.  Communities grow when public transportation is available and people have travel options.”


Five of the winning referendums will provide additional revenue to public transportation systems through a new sales tax in the following communities and counties:  Fraser, CO (62%); Winter Park, CO (56%); Davis County, UT (57%); Tooele County, UT (51%), and Weber County, UT (57%).


Voters increased property taxes for public transportation in four communities:  Delta County, MI (72%); Flint, MI (72%); Scio Township, MI (67%); and Seattle, WA (56%). 


A transit and parking measure passed to tax non-season pass/multi-resort lift tickets in Breckinridge, CO (83.2%).  In Maine, voters passed a statewide multimodal bond initiative, which includes public transportation, by a 73 percent passage rate.  


For a complete list of 2015 transportation state and local ballot initiatives, go to the Center for Transportation Excellence web site at



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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, 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.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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