Governor Signs Three Bay Area Regional Transportation Bills for Elections in 2018
Oct. 19, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown signed three regional bills that will usher forward localized public votes in the 2018 elections to increase transportation funding and services in the Bay Area.
Senator Jim Beall’s (D-San Jose) SB 595 allows the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in its role as the Bay Area Toll Authority, to put Regional Measure 3 (RM3) on the ballot in 2018. RM3 encompasses 9 of the Bay Area’s Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). Each of these Counties will vote as a region on whether to raise the tolls on the Bay Area’s seven-state owned bridge tolls by up to $3 to finance a $4.5 billion package of transportation projects. RM3 requires a majority vote of all 9 Bay Area Counties’ citizens combined.
Senator Jerry Hill’s (D-San Mateo) SB 797 allows for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain, to ask voters in the Countries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara to establish a one-eighth-cent sales tax. This would establish the first independent funding for Caltrain. The sales tax will need supportive votes from local transportation agencies, two-thirds majority votes from each of the three Counties’ Boards of Supervisors, and by another two-thirds vote of all three counties’ citizenry combined.
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin’s (D-South San Francisco) AB 1613 gives the San Mateo County Transit District the authority to put forward a potential sales tax measure, of no more than one-half percent, before the voters in San Mateo County to address transportation needs. With AB 1613 signed into law, the County will begin a community engagement process, which will include CLSA, to determine its expenditure priorities upon potential passage. It will require support from the County’s Board of Supervisors and approval from two-thirds of voters in the County.
CLSA will continue to work to address the concerns of our industry regarding Bay Area traffic congestion through regularly engagement with community leaders and elected officials on these and other infrastructure needs of our companies. For further information or questions, contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director, Local Government & Community Relations (Risbell@califesciences.org).