Voters weigh in on transportation issues

By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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 those initiatives fared on ballots.


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


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


Issue 2B: Avon
Sought to increase the local sales
tax by .35 percent to fund public transit services, equipment and facilities relating to public transit ....... REJECTED


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


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
Sought to approve an ordinance that would 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


Initiative 1125: Statewide
To prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue for non-transportation purposes. Also would require 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 ....... REJECTED