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Election Day is a Week Away!November 01, 2016
In This Issue …
- Vote for Transit!
- Ballot Measures Poised to Make History Nov. 8
- Upcoming Events
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Ballot Measures Poised to Make History Nov. 8th
Election Day is November 8th. One week away. And while people across the country are impatiently anticipating the result of the presidential election, we at CFTE are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a historic day for transit referendums.
After November 8th, residents in 25 states will have had the opportunity to vote on over 70 transit initiatives, the highest number of measures on record. Furthermore, nearly $200 billion in local transit investment is at stake on Election Day. This means that, if you live in a community with a measure on the ballot, you need to get out and vote. And get your friends and family out to vote with you. This unprecedented level of potential local investment for public transportation can only be unlocked if these measures are successful on the 8th.
The largest measure going to voters on November 8th is in Los Angeles County. That measure is an extension of the current half-cent sales tax for transportation (originally passed through Measure R in 2008) along with an additional permanent half-cent sales tax. LA Metro estimates that this will raise approximately $120 billion in the first 40 years, nearly $100 billion of which will go to transit improvements and expansion throughout the county. Recent polling shows the measure has between 67 and 69 percent support, and because California has a requirement of two-thirds support for these types of measure to pass, it means the race remains tight. Proponents of the measure, Measure M, are now working tirelessly to get the word out and get voters out to the polls.
Seattle area voters will consider this year’s second-largest measure. If successful, this initiative, referred to as Sound Transit 3, or ST3, would generate an estimated additional $54 billion in revenue for the significant transit expansion over the next 15 years.
Other significant measures include those in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Francisco. And these are only a handful of the dozens of jurisdictions, large and small, nationwide, that have decided to ask voters if they support transit investment at the ballot box in November. To learn more about these measures and others, check out the elections page of our website.
It is undoubtedly an exciting year in the world of transit referendums, and you can count on CFTE as your go-to source for campaign updates and election results. Check out our website and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest transit election news.
And finally, be sure to sign up for our post-election webinar, where we’ll recap the election results, analyze trends in transit measures over time, and review some of the most noteworthy campaigns this year.
Post-Election Webinar: 2016 Transit Election Trends
November 15, 2016
2016 is a historic year for transit elections, both in terms of the number of measures on the ballot nationwide and the level financial of investment voters will consider at the polls. Join us on this webinar to learn how transit ballot measures fared on the November ballot and discuss trends in campaigning and advocating for transit at the local level.
Registration is open for the 2017 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference!
CFTE is thrilled to announce that the Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference will be traveling to Seattle, WA in 2017! The TIC Conference is the only national conference exclusively devoted to understanding transportation ballot measures and providing concrete advice on how to win. Join us in Seattle to learn what makes a successful campaign. Come hear first-hand stories and strategies from campaigns across the country.
When: May 21-23, 2017
Where: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104