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More than 70 percent of transportation measures on election ballots have passed in 2014, including 15 out of 25 local public transit-related ballot initiatives on Tuesday, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced yesterday.Public transit ballots garnered a passage rate of 60 percent on Tuesday. A total of 41 out of 58 pro-transit measures passed in 2014, said APTA officials, who cited data from the Center for Transportation Excellence, which tracks transportation-related elections. The latest totals are consistent with a longer term trend: Since 2000, more than 72 percent of public transit ballots have been approved, APTA officials said."These votes serve as affirmation of the strong bi-partisan support that public transit initiatives enjoy throughout the country," said APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Melaniphy in a press release. "Voters place great value in public transit and are willing to vote to tax themselves to invest in their communities."Ballot measures approved Tuesday included:• a referendum in Alameda County, Calif., that called for the $8 billion Measure BB, which will continue a half-cent sales tax and add another half cent for 30 years. Most of the funds will go toward transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including $400 million toward a Livermore Bay Area Rapid Transit extension and $1.5 billion to improve AC Transit service, according to a report on SFGate.com;• a $500 million bond referendum in San Francisco that would be used for transportation improvements, including more bike and transit lanes; and • a referendum calling for a 1 cent sales tax to allow for the expansion of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to Clayton County, Ga.To obtain other results of transportation ballot initiatives, click here.
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