Even before President Trump was elected and promised to spend $1 trillion on improving the country’s infrastructure, voters came out in force to support new transit investment. The November election was a historic year for transit proposals on the ballot with a record $200 billion in potential transit investment projects in 23 states. Fifty five of the 77 measures proposing transit-supporting taxes were approved.
Some of the metros with notable projects moving forward include Los Angeles, Seattle, Indianapolis, Raleigh and Atlanta. Los Angeles County approved a staggering $120 billion for transit improvements, while Seattle approved nearly $54 billion in funding for transit expansion throughout the metro. Many of these developments will take shape over the next 10 to 20 years.
In addition, Bay Area voters reportedly approved about $14 billion for several transit-related projects, including $3.5 billion to overhaul the city’s aging BART system. Funds also will be allocated to provide new buses for AC Transit, improvements to Caltrain, new express lanes in Santa Clara County and sidewalk and road repairs in Albany and Mill Valley.