Today’s Headlines

  • Donald Trump Will Be the Next President (NYT); Meanwhile…
  • Indianapolis Approves Major Bus Service Expansion (Indy Star)
  • Raleigh Votes for Transit, Commuter Rail Expansion (WRAL)
  • Seattle’s $54 Billion Light Rail Package Appears Headed for Passage (Seattle Times)
  • Los Angeles’ $100 Billion Transit Measure Ahead in Returns (L.A. Times)
  • Detroit Regional Transit Expansion Measure Too Close to Call (Detroit Free Press)
  • Voters Pass on Virginia Beach Light Rail (Virginian-Pilot)
  • Broward County, Florida, Rejects Sales Tax to Pay for Complete Streets (Sun Sentinel)


How Ambitious Will Seattle Get With Its Transit Expansion Plan?

Next November, voters in the Seattle region will be asked to approve a new tax to fund a major expansion of the region’s light rail system. The $15 billion plan to expand transit, known as ST3, would be funded by a mix of sales taxes, property taxes, and car registration fees collected for 15 years. The big question is which projects […]

Transit Vote 2016: Atlanta May Finally Expand MARTA and Beef Up Bus Service

We continue our overview of what’s at stake in the big transit ballot initiatives this November with a look at Atlanta. Previous installments in this series examined Indianapolis, Seattle, and Detroit. Back in the 1970s, both Atlanta and Washington, D.C., received federal grants to build rail networks. After finishing the first wave of Metro construction, D.C. continued to invest, […]

If Not for Trump, Last Night Would Have Been Great for Transit

Last night had the makings of a historic election for transit. Voters in cities as varied as Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles turned out to support ballot measures to dramatically expand bus and rail service. But the election of Donald Trump and the retention of GOP majorities in both houses of Congress cast a pall of uncertainty over transit agencies […]

Today’s Headlines

In GOP Senate, South Dakota’s John Thune Poised to Be Critical for Transportation (Roll Call) Maryland Upset Sees Anti-Rail Hogan Take Governor’s Seat (WaPo) Atlanta Transit Expansion Sees Wide Support at the Polls (AJC) Pinellas County, FL, Chooses Status Quo, Not Light Rail (Tampa Bay Times) Austin Shoots Down $1B Bond for Rail (Community Impact) Many Cities […]

Transit Vote 2016: Seattle’s Huge, Imperfect Transit Expansion

We continue our overview of what’s at stake in the big transit ballot initiatives this November with a look at Seattle. The first installment of this series examined Indianapolis. The transit expansion plan on the ballot in Seattle this November is a big one. Known as ST3, the proposal calls for a 62-mile expansion of grade-separated light rail extending […]