Seattle's ballot measure ST3 would increase sales and motor vehicle taxes to raise $54 billion over 25 years, to build and expand light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit. Steven Vance/Flickr hide caption

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No Free Rides: Voters Asked To Raise Taxes For Trains, Buses

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains sit idle at a BART maintenance facility on the first day of the BART strike on October 18, in Richmond, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Fruitvale BART station is closed Monday due to a strike in Oakland, Calif. Negotiations between unions and management broke off late Sunday despite the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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