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It’s Been a Good Election Year for Transportation Funding

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By Daniel C. Vock

NOVEMBER 10, 2022 Nationwide, voters approved most of the proposals on the ballot to fund roads and transit, unlocking billions in new revenue for projects. Transit advocates scored a big victory in suburban Detroit Tuesday, when Oakland County, Michigan voters approved a plan to raise property taxes and institute countywide bus service for the first time.

It was one of many victories that transportation groups hailed after this week’s election, when the vast majority of ballot questions to fund roads and transit sailed to victory.

Across the country, 14 out of 19 measures to back public transit passed. More broadly, voters approved 88% of state and local proposals to boost or maintain spending on roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Those 380 approved ballot questions will generate $19.6 billion in revenue in 18 states, the group said.

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