While national races remain nail-biters, the results are in (and generally positive) for several local transit and climate ballot questions. Here's a roundup of what passed, and what didn't:
Two victories in Texas
Austin, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, finally approved a major new light rail network after failing twice before (in 2000 and 2014).
Capital Metro's "Project Connect" plan would raise $7.5 billion from local property taxes to build two new light rail lines, a new commuter rail line, a downtown transit tunnel, and a bus rapid transit network, and new e-bikes and stations for the local bikesharing system.
Gwinnett County, a diverse suburban region northeast of Atlanta (and just out of reach of MARTA's existing Gold Line), is still counting ballots on its "Gwinnett Connect" transit plan, which would have levied a new 1% sales tax to fund a $12 billion transit expansion, including a short extension of MARTA's Gold Line into the county, and new bus rapid transit services to connect to it.
A previous version of this story reported that the referendum had been rejected; however, in recent days, as more mailed-in ballots have been counted, the measure's chances have improved.