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America's 2008 election process is setting a record, not just because of the crucial and history-making presidential contest, but also because across the country there are more major rail public transport initiatives on the ballot than – as far as we can tell – at any time in US history.
So far, we count no less than ten (10) major rail passenger transportation projects that would be funded by measures on the ballot and up for a vote on November 4th. We've already provided important details for most of these in our article » Armada of Transit Initiatives Heads Toward USA's November 2008 Ballots «.
Here's a quick rundown of the most important measures:
Rail New Start Projects
Rail Extension and/or Support Projects
Besides these major rail transit-related initiatives, across the country there are important measures
for funding various smaller bus-only transit systems, such as operations in Reno, Nevada and
Check the Center for Transportation Excellence website:
A listing of articles on Light Rail Now! that address some of the most critical issues involved in America's November 4th election – including issues that many public transport advocates believe any new administration in Washington should address – is incorporated in our webpage USA Election Issues 2008.
In any election, the fate of transit ballot initiatives impacts the prospects of public transportation throughout the country. In the view of the Light Rail Now Project, the more of these that pass, the more the message comes across that public transportation is important to the voting public. And this could have widespread beneficial implications for public attitudes and policies across the board toward public transportation and rail passenger services.
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