Tuesday night’s election was a nail-biter, and it still ain’t over yet, but it was a good night for transit, with 13 out of 17 major initiatives on state and local ballots passing. (Streetsblog USA)
The most closely watched nationally was Prop 22 in California, where voters exempted Uber and Lyft from a state law classifying their drivers as employees entitled to benefits instead of independent contractors (CNN). Mother Jones says the ride-hailing companies essentially bought the election by spending $200 million, which is a pittance when they’ll now be allowed to pay drivers as little as $5.64 an hour. But Vice says their business model is doomed anyway.
Also in California, Measure RR will provide Caltrain with a stable source of funding for the first time. (Streetsblog SF, NBC Bay Area)
Austin voters overwhelmingly approved the $7-billion Project Connect transit plan (Monitor). They also approved a smaller package of street, trail, bike lane and sidewalk improvements. (KXAN)
San Antonio also approved a sales-tax measure to expand transit. (Express-News).
Seattle at least partially replaced a car-tab fee that’s faced legal challenges with a sales-tax hike to fund transit. (Seattle Times)
A tight referendum on transit in the notoriously auto-centric Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County remains in limbo, though, as absentee ballots are still being counted. A previous attempt in 2018 failed badly, though, so even a close loss would be progress. (Daily Post)
A $4-billion payroll tax hike for bus service and other transportation improvements bitterly that was bitterly opposed by businesses failed in Portland, though. (Willamette Week)
However, Bend, Ore., approved a $190-million bond issue that will pay for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, among other things. (Bulletin)
In other news, charges were dropped against an Asheville, N.C., police officer who pleaded guilty of beating a Black man for jaywalking in 2017. (WRAL)
Tuesday night’s election was so big and wide-ranging, we’re still sorting through the implications for transit, biking, and walking around the country. One potential big winner is Seattle. On Tuesday voters in the state of Washington elected a new governor, Jay Inslee. While Inslee didn’t say much specifically about transit on the campaign trail, Ben […]
Since 1995, leaders in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina have dreamed about connecting its major centers via light rail. The results of Tuesday night’s election might finally make it happen. The light rail plan calls for links between the three downtowns of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Getting three separate areas, and three separate […]
Editor’s Note: A version of this post originally appeared on Streetsblog LA. For your Election Day funnies, let’s revisit a classic Boston cartoon about where the real socialism lies in these United States: on the open road. The cartoon is by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe. The “T” is Boston’s public transportation systems operated […]