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.
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.
November 9, 2016, 2pm PST
Beyond the headline-grabbing presidential election, many states and localities voted on issues critical to the planning profession.
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.
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).
May 6, 2016, 10am PDT
County commissioners had approved a one-cent sales tax measure to improve roads and transit throughout the county, but MPO members, dominated by city representatives, prefer an undefined infrastructure tax with a majority of funds returned to cities.
April 15, 2016, 1pm PDT
A one-cent transportation sales tax took a major step forward to being placed on the Broward County November 2016 ballot with the 7-1 approval of the Broward County Commission. It now goes to the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
April 5, 2016, 11am PDT
When suburban voters and political leaders oppose transit funding sales taxes, the entire region experiences the consequences. Atlanta is the latest case study in this political dynamic.
March 23, 2016, 5am PDT
A half-cent sales tax to fund an expansion of MARTA has been paired back to $2.5 billion and the city limits of Atlanta instead of $8 billion for the region, but Atlanta voters will have a chance to decide on the new tax despite its near demise.
February 25, 2016, 10am PST
A once-in-a-generation moment for transit is taking shape in Atlanta.
January 28, 2016, 1pm PST
New leadership at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is redoubling efforts to find new sources of revenue for the state's transportation funding deficit.
November 21, 2015, 11am PST
A half-cent sales tax measure, potentially headed to the ballot in November 2016, has mayors and city councils in metropolitan Atlanta seeking alliances and racing to establish funding priorities.
August 16, 2015, 5am PDT
The senate majority leader made clear that a mileage fee is not in the state's future. Diverting a half cent from the sales tax to the transportation budget took pressure off finding a sustainable solution to the state's transportation funding crisis
July 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
The Missouri Department of Transportation will adhere strictly to a "fix it" (as opposed to "fix-it-first") policy for the next five years, because there are no funds for roadway expansion.
June 29, 2015, 8am PDT
Frustrated with Congress' inability to fund a six-year transportation bill, Mayor Greg Stanton is backing an August sales tax measure to expand light rail. Stanton also discusses climate change and water rights in the article and accompanying videos
June 17, 2015, 9am PDT
A proposal to include a tax referendum on the November 2016 ballot in Hillsborough County has broad political support.
May 6, 2015, 11am PDT
Proposition 1 would have enacted broad reforms in road funding policies and programs in Michigan. Despite Governor Rick Snyder and the State Legislature's efforts, however, voters soundly defeated the measure in a statewide election this week.
April 23, 2015, 10am PDT
A transportation sales tax can be a designated state or local sales tax where revenues are used for transportation, or a sales tax applied to fuel sales. A bill in Minnesota would grab sales taxes paid on auto parts, car rentals and leases.
February 9, 2015, 11am PST
Phoenix's transit tax, Transit 2000, will expire in 2020. City leaders have prepared a 30-year plan for transportation to sell the idea of a renewed sales tax. Now taxpayers will have to decide if it’s the right kind of list for the city's future.
January 26, 2015, 6am PST
Notwithstanding plummeting gas prices, Keith Laing of The Hill reports on poll results that reveal an uphill battle for political leaders in Utah, Georgia, and New Jersey, who are advocating gas tax increases to fund roads, bridges, and transit.