This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

November 06, 2002

Voters are Increasingly Deciding Transportation Issues

U.S. voters went to the polls on November 5th, and among the many decisions they faced were quite a few relating to transportation. According to a new report from the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP), as many as 41 transportation measures appeared on U.S. voting ballots yesterday, which (if all approved) would yield as much as $117 billion in new investments over the next 20 years. According to the report, there is a trend away from legislature-approved user fees, such as gasoline taxes, and instead toward voter-approved taxes for such projects. The report cites the growing popularity of mass-transit projects as one reason for the trend. See the STPP report.