This page provides an overview of major elections related to transportation in the U.S., that will occur on November 3, 2020. 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. Note: The tables are easier to visualize on mobile.
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. TBD Denver, CO Climate change sales tax (2A) 1/4-cent sales tax will fund climate-focused initiatives, including potential transit investments. TBD Fairfax, VA WMATA bond $160 m in bonds to support local funding for WMATA, DC’s Metro. TBD 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. TBD Portland Metro, OR Get Moving 2020 $5 b plan funded through payroll tax, includes Southwest light rail line, BRT along many corridors, road upgrades. TBD San Antonio, TX Transit sales tax Would redirect 1/8¢ sales tax to VIA transit to improve bus service (initial funds for COVID response). TBD San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara CA Measure RR: Caltrain 1/8-cent sales tax to fund Caltrain services and improvements (2/3 majority needed to pass). TBD Seattle, WA STBD Ballot Measure 1-cent sales tax increased to 1.5 cents for 6 years to fund Transportation Benefit District, roughly $39 m/year. TBD Sonoma, CA Go Sonoma sales tax renewal (M) Would fund $10 m annually in roads improvements; $6 m for bus service; $3 m for bikeways. TBD Statewide referenda on transportation
State Referendum Details Result Arkansas Sales Tax Continuation Would extend current 0.5% sales tax for transportation. TBD California 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. TBD Maine Question 2 Would authorize $105 m in GO bonds for transportation. TBD North Carolina Education and Transportation Bond Measure Would authorize $3.1 b in GO bonds ($1.15 b for transportation). TBD 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. TBD 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. TBD 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. TBD Miami-Dade Co., FL Steve Bovo; Daniella Levine Cava : Against toll increases, promoting TOD, supports PPPs, wants bus improvements; Bovo : Modernize infrastructure, improve buses, bus/bike lanes, transit expansion, TOD. Cava TBD 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.” TBD Portland, OR Ted Wheeler (D, inc); Sarah Iannarone (DSA) Wheeler: No info. Iannarone: Fare-free transit; transit-only lanes; subsidies for e-bikes. TBD 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. TBD 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. TBD Winston-Salem, NC Allen Joines (D, inc); Kris McCann (R) Joines: Supported fare-free transit; McCann: No info. TBD