This page provides an overview of major elections related to transportation in the U.S., that occurred on November 3, 2020. Major referenda for transportation for voters to approve and major mayoral and gubernatorial races are detailed. Note: The tables are easier to visualize on desktop/tablet.
whatsontheballot.com for a whole variety of other key local races around the country. For a full accounting of all transportation measures, see CFTE. Local referenda on transportation
Location and referendum Details Result Austin, TX Project Connect $7.5 b property tax plan, including new light rail lines, a downtown tunnel, BRT, and park and rides. Won with 58% (Biden won 71% in Travis County). Yes Denver, CO Climate change sales tax (2A) 0.25% (1/4¢) sales tax will fund climate-focused initiatives, including potential transit investments. Won with 63% (Biden won 79.6%). Yes Fairfax, VA WMATA bond $160 m in bonds to support local funding for WMATA, DC’s Metro. Won with 67.7% (Biden won 70.4%). Yes Gwinnett Co., GA Transit sales tax 1% sales tax would fund $12 b in transit expansion in suburban Atlanta over 30 years, including MARTA extension and BRT. Failed with 49.9% (Biden won 58.4%). No Portland Metro, OR Get Moving 2020 (Measure 26-218) $5 b plan funded through payroll tax, includes Southwest light rail line, BRT along many corridors, road upgrades. Failed with 42.2% (Biden won 79.2% in Multnomah County). No San Antonio, TX Transit sales tax Would redirect 0.125% (1/8¢) sales tax to VIA transit to improve bus service (initial funds for COVID response). Won with 68% (Biden won 58.3% in Bexar County). Yes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara CA Measure RR: Caltrain 0.125% (1/8¢) sales tax to fund Caltrain services and improvements (2/3 majority needed to pass). Won with 69% overall; 74.4% in SF; 70.8% in SM; 66.1% in SC (Biden won 85.3% in SF; 77.9% in SM; 72.7% in SC). Yes Seattle, WA STBD Ballot Measure 0.1% sales tax increased to 0.15% for 6 years to fund Transportation Benefit District, roughly $39 m/year. Won with 80.4% (Biden won 75.5% in King County). Yes Sonoma, CA Go Sonoma sales tax renewal (DD) Would fund $10 m annually in roads improvements; $6 m for bus service; $3 m for bikeways. Won with 71.3% (Biden won 74.7%). Yes Statewide referenda on transportation
State Referendum Details Result AR Sales Tax Continuation Would extend current 0.5% sales tax for transportation. Yes CA Prop. 22: App-based drivers Would exempt companies like Uber & Lyft from providing drivers benefits by classifying them as “independent contractors.” Would reverse state law AB 5. Yes ME Question 2 Would authorize $105 m in GO bonds for transportation. Yes (in July) Gubernatorial races
Location Major candidates Key transport differences on platforms Result Baltimore, MD Brandon Scott (D); Shannon Wright (R) : Bike and bus lane network and bus lanes, reduce parking minimums; Scott Wright: “Crumbling infrastructure. Scott El Paso, TX Dee Margo (R, inc); Veronica Carbajal; Carlos Gallinar; Oscar Leeser Margo: No info.; Carbajal: Improve transit options, pilot free transit; Gallinar: “Invest In Regional Transportation Infrastructure,” improve transit options and bike options; Leeser: No info. Runoff: Leeser v Margo Honolulu, HI Keith Amemiya; Rick Blangiardi Amemiya: Complete streets, full completion of rail project, TOD; Blangiardi: Will not raise property taxes for completion of rail project. Blangiardi Miami-Dade Co., FL Steve Bovo (R); Daniella Levine Cava (D) : Against toll increases, promoting TOD, supports PPPs, wants bus improvements; Bovo : Modernize infrastructure, improve buses, bus/bike lanes, transit expansion, TOD. Cava Cava Phoenix, AZ Kate Gallego (D, inc); Merissa Hamilton (R); Tim Seay (I) Gallego: “Champion for public transit;” Hamilton: No info.; Seay: “Improve the roads… and public transportation.” Gallego Portland, OR Ted Wheeler (D, inc); Sarah Iannarone (DSA) Wheeler: No info. Iannarone: Fare-free transit; transit-only lanes; subsidies for e-bikes. Wheeler Salt Lake Co., UT Jenny Wilson (D, inc); Michael Cundick (G); Trent Staggs (R) Wilson: Walkability, transit access; Cundick: Expanded transit; Staggs: More bus routes so it is universally available, smart growth. Wilson San Diego, CA Barbara Bry; Todd Gloria Bry: City should upgrade infra., opposes city’s transit plan, which would “ destroy neighborhoods,” opposed reductions in min. parking requirements, against AB5 (see CA Prop. 22 above); Gloria: Plans city Mobility Department, supports bike and bus lanes, plus transit signal priority. Gloria Winston-Salem, NC Allen Joines (D, inc); Kris McCann (R) Joines: Supported fare-free transit; McCann: No info. Joines Potential 2021 or later transportation-related elections