Elections 2020

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.

Check out 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 referendumDetailsResult
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 tax1% 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 taxWould 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: Caltrain1/8-cent sales tax to fund Caltrain services and improvements (2/3 majority needed to pass).TBD
Seattle, WA STBD Ballot Measure1-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

StateReferendumDetailsResult
ArkansasSales Tax ContinuationWould extend current 0.5% sales tax for transportation.TBD
CaliforniaProp. 22: App-based driversWould exempt companies like Uber & Lyft from providing drivers benefits by classifying them as “independent contractors.” Would reverse state law AB 5.TBD
MaineQuestion 2Would authorize $105 m in GO bonds for transportation.TBD
North CarolinaEducation and Transportation Bond MeasureWould authorize $3.1 b in GO bonds ($1.15 b for transportation).TBD

Gubernatorial races

StateDemocratRepublicanKey transport differences on platformsResult
DelawareJohn Carney (inc)Julianne MurrayTBD
IndianaWoody MyersEric Holcomb (inc)Holcomb: “Record road investments.”TBD
MissouriNicole GallowayMike Parson (inc)Galloway: Prioritize TOD.TBD
MontanaMike CooneyGreg GianforteTBD
New HampshireDan FeltesChris Sununu (inc)Feltes: Prioritize clean, electrified transit + intercity rail. Sununu: Invest in roads and bridges.TBD
North CarolinaRoy Cooper (inc)Dan ForestTBD
North DakotaShelley LenzDoug Burgum (inc)TBD
UtahChris PetersonSpencer CoxPeterson: Sustainable transport solutions.TBD
VermontDavid ZuckermanPhil Scott (inc)Zuckerman: Encourage alternatives to single-use vehicles, like bikes, buses, trains.TBD
WashingtonJay Inslee (inc)Loren CulpInslee: Clean infra.; Culp: PPPs for infra.TBD
West VirginiaBen SalangoJim Justice (inc)Salango: Upgrade roads year-round; Justice: Roads maintenance and construction.TBD

Mayoral races

LocationMajor candidatesKey transport differences on platformsResult
Baltimore, MDBrandon Scott (D); Shannon Wright (R)Scott: Bike and bus lane network and bus lanes, reduce parking minimums; Wright: “Crumbling infrastructure.TBD
El Paso, TXDee Margo (R, inc); Veronica Carbajal; Carlos Gallinar; Oscar LeeserMargo: 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, HIKeith Amemiya; Rick BlangiardiAmemiya: Complete streets, full completion of rail project, TOD; Blangiardi: Will not raise property taxes for completion of rail project.TBD
Miami-Dade Co., FLSteve Bovo; Daniella Levine CavaBovo: Against toll increases, promoting TOD, supports PPPs, wants bus improvements; Cava: Modernize infrastructure, improve buses, bus/bike lanes, transit expansion, TOD.TBD
Phoenix, AZKate 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, ORTed Wheeler (D, inc); Sarah Iannarone (DSA)Wheeler: No info. Iannarone: Fare-free transit; transit-only lanes; subsidies for e-bikes.TBD
Salt Lake Co., UTJenny 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, CABarbara Bry; Todd GloriaBry: 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, NCAllen Joines (D, inc); Kris McCann (R)Joines: Supported fare-free transit; McCann: No info.TBD