Funding for public transportation can be complex, and ballot measures, referenda, and other initiatives aimed at improving public transit often pass or fail by extremely slim margins.
There are several local contests in the Northwest, notably:
- In Seattle, voters will decide on ST3, which will provide funding for Sound Transit improvements and help fight the region’s terrible traffic congestion.
- In Spokane, Proposition 1 will bring critical improvements to local bus service — if voters approve the measure.
- Kitsap County voters will have the chance to approve Fast Ferries, which will speed travel times to Seattle. Passage of the Fast Ferry measure will also expand bus service.
- In Portland suburb Tigard, voters will decide if they want to connect to area’s great MAX light rail system.
These ballot measures highlight the need for our continued support of public transportation initiatives, and more importantly — the need to get out and vote!
Public transit advocates and supporters can play an important role in helping to pass local public transportation ballot measures needed to meet the funding requirements that federal dollars don’t cover. You can help ensure public transit moves forward in your community by:
Even if such measures aren’t up for a vote in your community this election, remember that state and local elected representatives often have the power to get future issues on the ballot — so make sure you know what your candidates think about public transportation.