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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 01:18 PM

Nationwide, Transportation Measures Rolled to Victory

Hat tip, GreaterGreaterWashington:

Breakfast links: Infrastructure and transportation victories in the midterms
By Latisha Johnson (Contributor) November 8, 2018

How will the midterm results impact transportation and infrastructure?

Democrats, now with the House majority and newly-acquired governor seats, may have a shot at approving and continuing transportation and infrastructure investments in the current environment of declining federal support for transportation. (Laura Bliss / CityLab)

Nationwide, Transportation Measures Rolled to Victory


On Tuesday, Democrats won a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. In an era of declining federal support for transportation, the so-called Blue Wave of more liberal lawmakers may lift the spirits of beleaguered commuters and road users, particularly those who depend on urban transit. So is the clutch of new governors’ seats that Democrats picked up.

But perhaps more likely to result in meaningful change in how Americans get around were hundreds of state and local measures on Tuesday’s ballots approving new and continuing investments in streets, bridges, ports, and transit systems. As of Wednesday morning, a large majority appear to have passed from Maine to California. The high turnout among Democratic voters in particular probably helped. “Running infrastructure campaigns in an election year dramatically improves their chances of passing,” said Adie Tomer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Still, there may also be warning signs in Tuesday’s transportation victories. Read on.

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