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Voters Overwhelmingly Support Public Transportation in the 2014 Election

While political pundits are still interpreting the 2014 election results, one point stands clear: voters across the country support public transportation.

About half the nation voted on state or local transportation measures—including public transportation. More than two-thirds of public transportation ballot measures passed, including:

  • Expanded Public Transportation for Atlanta Suburbs—Clayton County, south of Atlanta, passed a 1% sales tax increase to fund an expansion of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) system. As a result, towns in Clayton County will see new bus service and eventually an expansion of commuter rail service.
  • Long-Term Transportation Funding for California’s Alameda County—The San Francisco Bay Area has some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation. Voters in Alameda County, which includes Oakland, surrounding suburbs, and even farmland, passed a measure to fund transportation improvements, including a rail expansion, road improvements, and bike lanes over the next 30 years.
  • Improved Bus Service for Seattle—Seattle is America’s fastest-growing big city, and bus service has not kept pace with growth and demand. In response, voters passed a measure that will increase bus service, as well as make riding more affordable for low-income residents.

Other states, such as Texas and Wisconsin, voted to raise or protect general transportation funding. These results make it clear that voters support allocating money for improving transportation—and that transportation funding should not be siphoned off for other uses.

Will the New Congress Hear Voters’ Bipartisan, Pro-Transit Message?

Voters in red and blue states—from cities, suburbs, and small towns—supported public transportation at the ballot box. While local and state support for public transportation is critical, the federal government is still the nation’s largest funder of transportation projects—and we cannot comprehensively improve public transportation across the country and build a truly interconnected, national public transportation network without the support of Congress.

The new Republican-led Congress will be seeking ways to demonstrate to the American people that it can make progress on key issues. They have a vital opportunity when they take up transportation legislation next year. Voices for Public Transit will be working hard to ensure that public transportation is well represented in those discussions.