Elections

This page provides an overview of major elections related to transportation in the U.S., planned for November 6, 2018. Major referenda for transportation for voters to approve and major mayoral and gubernatorial races are detailed. As results come in, this page will be updated.

In addition, the election for mayor of Toronto, scheduled for October 22, is profiled below.

For more details, as well as a full list of all gubernatorial elections and the statements of candidates on transportation issues, see this Google Sheet.

Also see: Eno Center for Transportation’s Transportation at the Ballot Box: 2018, which has a full list of referenda in 2018; Cheatsheet for all important November 2018 elections and referenda; and The Appeal Political Report.

Major gubernatorial elections

State Candidates and issues Result
California Gavin Newsom (D) supports high-speed rail project, plans to electrify transportation network, and supports focusing on climate change issues. John H. Cox (R) opposes high-speed rail project, in favor of redirecting cap-and-trade funds to other investments, and supports CEQA reform. 6
Colorado Jared Polis (D) wants to identify new sources of revenue for transportation, ensure completion of Denver’s Fastracks transit program, and rezone land parcels statewide for transit-oriented development. Walker Stapleton (R) does not want new revenues; wants instead to rebond existing funds and “find room” for more projects in that context. 6
Connecticut Ned Lamont (D) wants to promote transit-oriented development by eliminating parking requirements around stations, extend the Waterbury Line to Hartford, and regionalize control of bus systems. Bob Stefanowski (R) wants to cut taxes but focus spending “where it counts” and use public-private partnerships for infrastructure. 6
Georgia Stacey Abrams (D) wants to expand investment in the state’s infrastructure, including in transit, which she would make a statewide priority; she would expand local ability to increase taxes for transit. Brian Kemp (R) says his goal is to cut state spending and invest in rural Georgia. 6
Maryland Ben Jealous (D) plans to reverse incumbent Hogan’s “singular focus on roads” by creating strategies specifically designed to encourage transit; he would fund the Baltimore Red Line light rail project and incentivize investments in transit-oriented development. Larry Hogan (R-incumbent) notes that he would increase funding for roads as part of a statewide traffic relief plan. 6
Massachusetts Jay Gonzalez (D) would introduce a tax on high-income individuals to fund transportation and education, increasing funding for transit and expanding planning for the North-South Rail Link, the Blue Line to Lynn, and high-speed rail to Springfield. Charlie Baker (R-incumbent) would continue the “reforms” he’s promoted for the MBTA and identify cost savings for a “more efficient” system. 6
Michigan Gretchen Witmer (D) would increase infrastructure investments by $3 billion; she has committed to regional transit in the Detroit area and would push for the passage of a regional transit plan. Bill Schuette (R) has not made statements on transportation. 6
Minnesota Tim Walz (D) would increase the gas tax to pay for transit and transportation, expanding transit in the Twin Cities and other parts of the state, and create a task force to plan for the state’s transportation future. Jeff Johnson (R) would cut car tab license fees, put a moratorium on new light rail construction, invest in buses and new roads. 6
New York Andrew Cuomo (D-incumbent) remains committed to his plan for $100 b in state investments in infrastructure. Marc Molinaro (R) would improve the MTA by reducing construction costs, reducing the environmental review process, and improving the competitive bidding process. 6
Ohio Richard Cordray (D) would introduce an infrastructure bond package for voters for approve and dedicate state funding for transit for the purposes of improved local mobility. Mike DeWine (R) has not made statements on transportation. 6

Referenda

Location Referendum Details Result More info
Arlington County, Virginia County bond Fund county contribution to Metro, street improvements. 6 Link
Austin, Texas Prop. G Fund $160 m in multimodal transportation improvements. 6 Link
Baton Rouge, Louisiana MOVEBR Sales Tax Fund roads-based transportation improvements. 6 Link
Broward County, Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sales tax $16 b program for roads, bus service, light rail. 6 Link
California (statewide) Prop. 6 Repeal fuel tax, vehicle registration fee. 6 Link
Collier County, Florida Sales tax Would fund improved roads infrastructure. 6 Link
Collin County, Texas Prop. A and B Would fund major new roadway and arterial roads improvements. 6 Link
Colorado (statewide) Bond Issue $3.5b in transportation projects. All roads. 6 Link
Colorado (statewide) Bond Issue $6b in transportation projects, including 0.62¢ sales tax. Multimodal. 6 Link
Connecticut (statewide) Lockbox Transport revenues would only go to transportation 6 Link
Flagstaff, Arizona Prop. 419, 420, 421 Measure to improve roadways (419), bridge (420), and transit service (421). 6 Link
Hillsborough County, Florida 1¢, 30-year sales tax 45% for transit, 55% for local roads 6 Link
Maine (statewide) Question 3 Bond Issue $106m in bonds for transportation, 75% roads 6 Link
Marin County, California Measure AA 1/2¢ sales tax renewal, over 30 years for transportation 6 Link
Michigan (statewide) Regulation/taxation of marijuana Excise tax would partly fund expanded transportation investments. 6 Link
Missouri (statewide) Prop. D 10¢ gas tax increase (among other things), revenues to highway patrol 6 Link
Pima County, Arizona Prop. 463 Bond funding would support road reconstruction. 6 Link
Roaring Fork, Colorado Ballot Issue 7A Property tax increase would support improved regional transit. 6 Link
St. Lucie County, Florida Amendment 14 Sales tax increase for roads, pedestrian, bike infrastructure. 6 Link
San Benito County, California Measure G Sales tax increase for roads, bike, ped infrastructure. 6 Link
San Jose, California Measure T Bond issue would support improvements on existing streets. 6 Link
San Mateo County, California Measure W Sales tax increase, most revenues dedicated to transit improvements. 6 Link
Scottsdale, Arizona Question 1 0.10% transaction tax for transportation, over 10 years 6 Link
Thurston County, Washington (Olympia) Prop. 1 Sales tax increase to support improved transit system. 6 Link
Washington (statewide) Initiative 1631 Carbon fee, with 70% of revenues going to clean air/energy projects. 6 Link

Major municipal elections

City Candidates and issues Result
Austin Traffic issues are a major issue in Austin, where significant increases in population has been a cause for concern for this nonpartisan election. Steve Adler (incumbent) supports a systemwide transit plan that would expand upon the 1-line proposal that voters rejected in 2014. Travis Duncan would support 0-emissions vehicles, provide free transit, and improve bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Other candidates Laura MorrisonAlan PeaseGus PeñaTodd Phelps, and Alexander Strenger have said little on transportation thus far. 6
Phoenix This is a nonpartisan election in America’s 5th-largest city. Kate GallegoNicholas Sarwark, and Daniel Valenzuela each claim to support investments in transportation. Sarwark specifically notes an interest in convincing people to leave their cars at home. Moses Sanchez, another candidate, has said little related to transportation. 6
Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser, the Democratic incumbent mayor of the nation’s capital, has not made transportation a part of her campaign; nor has Martin Moulton (L). Dustin “DC” Canter (I) promotes free transit for children, and the Green Party of DC, for which Ann C. Wilcox is running, supports improved transit and complete streets. 6
Toronto (October 22) 35 candidates have registered for this election, but four are frontrunners today. Incumbent mayor John Tory plans to continue his current initiatives, which include eventually building a downtown Relief Line subway, expanding the Eglinton light rail line, and building the Smarttrack project. Jennifer Keesmaat, the city’s former chief city planner, would speed up the Relief Line, create a new network plan for transit including several new light rail and bus projects, and tear down the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. Saron Gebresellassi would support free public transit. Sarah Climenhaga proposes increasing the TTC budget to improve bus service, freeze increases in fares, provide free fares for seniors, and fund transit expansions. 6

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