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Study: Voter-approved transportation measures on the rise since 2000


Voters have approved transportation-related ballot measures at more than double the rate of other measures, according to a report recently released by the Center for Transportation Excellence.

Entitled “Transportation Finance at the Ballot Box: Voter Support Increased Investment,” the report analyzes more than 200 state and local transportation-related ballot measures proposed since 2000.

Voters in 33 states have approved 70 percent of proposed measures, generating more than $70 billion in project funding. More than 80 percent of the measures have specifically authorized financing ranging from sales taxes to property taxes to bonds to dedicated fees.