HNTB Releases Viewpoint Discussing Voter Support for Historic Number of Transit-Related Funding Initiatives

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Election Day 2016 affirmed a major shift in how voters view benefits of public transportation.

Diana Mendes, HNTB national transit/rail practice leader

HNTB Corporation released a new Viewpoint, titled Why voters said 'yes' to public transportation on November 8, discussing the recently approved $170 billion in new funding for transit-related systems that provide Americans with mobility options such as light-rail trains, subways, buses and other services.

For the Nov. 8, 2016, elections, there were a historic number of transit-related funding initiatives on ballots across the nation (49), of which about 70 percent passed.

According to the Viewpoint — written by Diana Mendes, senior vice president and national transit/rail practice leader at HNTB Corporation — the ground-breaking funding boost approved by voters reflects America’s awareness of transit’s contribution to economic growth and quality of life.

The Viewpoint also addresses why Mendes believes millions of voters coast-to-coast said yes to public transportation, including:

  • Transit investments have demonstrated strong returns.
  • People simply want more options for how they travel.
  • Rideshare options are creating vital links.
  • Transit helps put land to better use in urban centers.
  • Strong advocacy has made the difference.

Mendes concludes her Viewpoint with a call for transit professionals to design a public transportation system that can play an integral role in shaping the future of the nation and the economy.

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit

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