OOIDA ELECTION REPORT: Voters weigh in on transportation issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 11/10/2011

During the November elections voters in several states had their say on various transportation-related initiatives. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of how many of those initiatives fared on ballots.

Arkansas
Question 1: Statewide
Authorizes $575 million in debt to fund highway repairs. The state highway commission can borrow money to be repaid with federal funds and an existing 4-cent levy on diesel.
APPROVED

California
Proposition B: San Francisco
Adopts a $248 million bond issuance to improve and repair streets, bridges and overpasses, as well as other transportation improvements.
APPROVED

Colorado
Issue 2B: Avon
Sought to increase the local sales tax by 0.35 percent to fund public transit services, equipment and facilities relating to public transit.
FAILED

North Carolina
Referendum 2: Durham County
Authorizes a half-cent local option sales tax for public transit. Specifically, it benefits a combination of new bus and rail lines during the next 15 years. The tax can be applied to goods – except housing, food, medicine and fuel.
APPROVED

Ohio
Issue 54: Ashtabula
Requires police officers to be present to issue tickets where speed and red-light cameras are employed.
APPROVED

Issue 49: East Cleveland
Called for limiting use of the city’s red-light and speed cameras. Would have required an officer to be present to issue a ticket.
REJECTED

Issue 48: Cincinnati
Called for amending the city’s charter through 2020 to prohibit city hall from building a streetcar system.
REJECTED

Issue 45: Mantua Village
Would have approved an ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from traveling on residential streets in the village.
REJECTED

Issue 97: South Euclid
Authorizes city charter to be amended to limit the use of red-light cameras.
APPROVED

Washington
Initiative 1125: Statewide
Sought to prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue for non-transportation purposes. Also would have required that road and bridge tolls be set by the Legislature, and be project specific.
REJECTED

Initiative 1: Bellingham
The advisory question authorizes the city council to drop an ordinance adopted a year ago that allows the city to install cameras.
APPROVED

Initiative 1: Longview
Encourages the city to get rid of 12 red-light cameras after a pilot program ends next spring. Also relegated to advisory status on the ballot, it is up to the city council to heed the will of voters.
APPROVED

Proposition 1: Seattle
Proposed a $60 increase in vehicle registration to fund transit, roads and bridges, and non-road transportation projects.
FAILED

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