Infrastructure - NOVEMBER 8, 2019

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U.S. voters push through state and local transportation measures

by Kali Persall

On Nov. 5, voters in nearly half of U.S. states approved 89 percent of state and local transportation measures, according to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

The 270 approved measures are expected to generate $9.6 billion in new and recurring revenue.

Highway streets and bridges received 75 percent of votes, followed by multimodal types of infrastructure with 16 percent and transit/rail with 9 percent.

According to the report, Maine voters approved a $105 million bond measure to support transportation infrastructure projects, by a 76 percent to 24 percent margin.

Washington state voters also approved a measure to reduce or repeal certain motor vehicle taxes and fees and remove the authority to impose certain new fees without voter approval by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin.

In addition, Texas approved 60 local measures, increasing revenues by $7.8 billion.

Since 2010, voters have approved 81 percent

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