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Support Public Transit in the Elections

Public transportation will appear on ballots in regions all across the country—and your vote counts. You may be able to support public transit with your vote in more than one way:

Local, State, and Federal Candidates

Congress drives our nation’s investments in public transit—so we encourage you to consider where your candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate stand on public transportation.

State and local lawmakers also play key roles in supporting public transportation. These officials can support funding in your communities and help make public transportation a priority. We encourage you to learn about your candidates’ positions on local public transportation. Have they supported public transportation projects in the past? Have they pledged to support public transit in the future?

You can often find candidates’ views on key issues by visiting campaign websites. It’s also fine to contact campaigns by phone, email, or social media and ask how candidates will support public transportation if elected. When you reach out, be sure to say that you’re a Voice for Public Transit.

Public Transit Ballot Measures

Voters across the country will vote on public transportation ballot measures during the general election. Highlights include:

  • Austin and San Antonio, Texas—Voters in two of Texas’s largest cities will decide if new investments will be made in public transportation projects. Austin voters could approve a plan that will help transform the city with new light rail lines, subway lines, and expanded bus service.
  • Missoula, Montana—Smaller communities benefit when public transit helps bring people to work and connects outlying areas to downtown. Missoula voters will vote on expanding and improving their Mountain Line service.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia—Voters in this suburban county northeast of Atlanta will vote on a far-reaching 30-year plan that will expand bus and rail service across the region.

Voters in communities in California, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia will also vote on measures that will support public transportation—if enacted.

Communities around the country have already overwhelmingly supported public transportation in this year’s elections. Thirty-two local measures investing in public transit passed in primary elections in Alaska, Michigan, Maine, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Have a Plan to Vote

Once you’re ready to vote for transit, go out there and make your voice heard! Make sure you have a plan to vote, whether you’re voting by mail, early voting, or in-person on Election Day. If you’re voting by mail, make sure you return your ballot before your state’s deadline with plenty of time to spare.

If you’re voting in person, find your polling location in advance and make sure you have a way to get to the polls. Keep in mind that public transportation in your area may have reduced service because of COVID-19. Please wear a mask when you travel, wait in line, and vote—and maintain social distancing wherever possible. Your vote will count if you cast it—and you can make it count for public transit!

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