UPDATE: Voters in 17 states approve 89% of transportation investment initiatives

Nov. 5, 2021

Estimates say 244 preliminarily approved measures will generate $6.9 billion in revenue for transportation projects

Voters in 17 states Nov. 2 approved 89% of 275 state and local ballot initiatives aimed at boosting transportation investment, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

ARTBA said this week that 35 other measures are still pending. The association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) estimates the 244 preliminarily approved measures will generate $6.9 billion in one-time and recurring revenue for transportation projects.

“While the U.S. House of Representatives should act as soon as possible to pass the pending $1 trillion infrastructure investment bill, voter action on November 2 will help empower state and local governments to be committed partners in ongoing efforts to repair and improve the nation’s transportation network,” TIAC Center Director Carolyn Kramer Simons said in a statement.

The results are available at ARTBA-TIAC's website.



ORIGINAL POST Nov. 3, 2021:

Voters in Colorado, Arizona, and Maine support transportation initiatives

Voters in several states and cities supported transportation infrastructure ballot initiatives on the Nov. 2, 2021 Election Day.

In Denver, Colorado, 61% voted yes to Referred Question 2C—a ballot question that asked if the city could borrow more than $63 million to repair and improve the city’s transportation and mobility system, according to KUSA-TV. Approval of this initiative allows the city to use borrowed funding for bicycle infrastructure; sidewalk construction; pedestrian and transportation safety; and multimodal improvements.

In Gilbert, Arizona, voters narrowly approved a $515 million transportation bond. According to the Arizona Republic, the bond request aims to ease congestion, widen busy streets, and build a bridge over the town's largest park. 

In Maine, state voters supported a $100 million bond for transportation projects, with 71% of voters voting in favor based on early results. According to the Portland Press-Herald, around $85 million will be set aside for highways and bridges while $15 million would go toward rail, aviation, and ports

SOURCE: KUSA-TV | Arizona Republic | Portland Press-Herald

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