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

November 10, 2004

Voters in 11 States Pass Transit Measures

Photo of a bus in a transit station

This hybrid-electric bus, built in Europe by Irisbus, is designed for bus rapid transit systems.
Credit: Leslie Eudy, NREL

Voters throughout the country showed their support for transit systems on Election Day. Of 31 transit-related ballot initiatives in 12 states, 22 were approved and 2 remain too close to call, according to the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE), a non-partisan policy research center. At least one transit measure passed in each of 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. See the CFTE press advisory and summary of ballot measures.

Among the winning measures is a plan to improve bus service and add 27 miles of light rail in Phoenix, Arizona; a measure to expand train service and develop express bus and bus rapid transit systems in San Bernardino, California; a 12-year plan to expand bus service, add bus rapid transit, and build 119 miles of new light rail and commuter rail in Denver, Colorado; and an effort to convert existing railroad track into a commuter line in Austin, Texas. But one measure that passed was actually a defeat for transit, and one measure that failed was a victory: Florida voters approved a measure to stop high-speed rail development in the state, while voters in Seattle, Washington, defeated a proposal to stop the Seattle Monorail project, thereby allowing the project to move ahead. See the summaries of the Phoenix, San Bernardino, and Denver plans; the press release from Austin's Capital Metro Transit; and the Florida High-Speed Rail and Seattle Monorail Project Web sites.