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Transportation Sales Tax

August 13, 2019, 6am PDT
Cincinnati area voters might get a chance to decide the future of transit funding in the city of Cincinnati and the county of Hamilton.
WCPO
July 28, 2019, 9am PDT
Two years after voters in the nine-county Bay Area agreed to hike tolls on the region's seven state-owned bridges, regional business leaders are hoping they will approve a one-cent regional sales tax to fund $100 billion in transportation projects.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2019, 7am PDT
Voters in Lincoln, Nebraska have decided to tax sales in the city to fund repairs of residential streets and to add new streets on the periphery of the city to encourage growth.
Lincoln Journal Star
February 26, 2019, 7am PST
Bus transit advocates in the state of Minnesota are happy to see they have a friend in the Governor's Office.
MinnPost
September 6, 2018, 2pm PDT
Two transportation bonding initiatives will appear on the ballot on Nov. 6: A $3.5 billion measure would have debt repayments come from the general fund, while a $6 billion initiative would create a revenue stream by hiking sales taxes.
The Denver Post
August 5, 2018, 11am PDT
Transit activists celebrated the good news that residents will finally be given the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority but bemoaned that they would have to wait till March 2020 to vote on the one percent sales tax.
WSB-TV - Atlanta
July 31, 2018, 12pm PDT
Transit advocates aren't happy after a promised sales tax levy vote to raise revenue for the Cincinnati Metro transit system was nixed from the fall ballot.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
May 25, 2018, 10am PDT
Transportation tax funding has suddenly been diverted to a park project in Atlanta, and a few voices want to know why. The project still gained approval, however.
SaportaReport
May 24, 2018, 7am PDT
Atlanta needs federal funding to make its light rail and bus service dreams a reality, but it already has $2.5 billion in sales tax revenue to work with.
Atlanta
April 22, 2018, 11am PDT
The Let's Move Nashville plan would spend $9 billion (including $5.4 billion for capital costs) to build a new transit network in the quickly growing city of Nashville. Voters will decide if the plan is worth the cost.
Tennessean
April 13, 2018, 1pm PDT
A sweeping set of bill approved by the State legislature could pave the way for a "transformational" investment in public transit throughout the Atlanta region.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 12, 2018, 8am PST
An historic transit referendum will be on the ballot for Nashville residents in May after some final political maneuvering over the matter of the plan's cost.
Tennessean
January 17, 2018, 9am PST
A $20 million hole in the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) budget means 15 bus lines around the city will run less frequently. More cuts are soon to come.
The Plain Dealer
June 26, 2017, 9am PDT
The oldest commuter rail line west of the Mississippi is also unique in another way—it lacks a dedicated source of operating revenue. Legislation has been introduced to allow Peninsula counties to vote to increase sales taxes by 0.125 percent.
The Daily Journal
June 22, 2017, 7am PDT
Faced with a worsening budget deficit, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) has decided to ask voters for a new sales tax levy.
WCPO
March 24, 2017, 9am PDT
A bill to ask voters in November to increase the state sales tax by 0.62 percent to fund transportation projects passed its first House committee March 22 on a partisan vote, with Democrats in support and Republican opposed.
The Colorado Independent
March 12, 2017, 1pm PDT
An extension of the Lynx Blue Line is schedule to open to the public on March 31, 2018. Controversy regarding sales taxes have traditionally followed transit projects in the region.
Charlotte Magazine
Feature
November 9, 2016, 2pm PST
Beyond the headline-grabbing presidential election, many states and localities voted on issues critical to the planning profession.
James Brasuell
June 27, 2016, 8am PDT
A light-rail link to the Los Angeles International Airport would accommodate bikes and buses, and could be here by 2021.
Urbanize LA
June 8, 2016, 6am PDT
In November, Wake County, North Carolina voters will decide on a half-cent sales tax to fund a plan to improve transit in the Research Triangle (home to North Carolina State, Duke, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).
The News & Observer