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Transportation Measures on the Ballot Throughout the Bay Area

May 18, 2018
By Reese Isbell

The San Francisco Bay Area suffers from the second worst traffic congestion in the country which continues to threaten the region’s economic vitality. Industry employees spend hours commuting long distances which can negatively factor into recruitment and retention decisions. There are two upcoming ballot measures in the Bay Area that seek to provide some relief.

Regional Measure 3 (RM3), June 2018

Nine Counties in the Bay Area are voting together on a ballot measure known as Regional Measure 3 (RM3) in June 2018. RM3 asks voters 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. Transportation funding priorities have been delineated by County and, among them, include allocations to update and extend the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) throughout the South Bay, alleviate freeway bottlenecks in the East Bay and along the Peninsula, increase ferry service and add additional ferry terminals, plan for a possible second BART tube under the bay, and improve local rail options via Caltrain and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) in the North Bay. RM3 pertains to nine Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) and requires a majority vote of all Counties’ citizens combined.

Get Us Moving (GUM) San Mateo, November 2018

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is in the process of placing a half cent sales tax measure before County voters in November 2018 to address transportation needs. CLSA is working with the County as part of the Get Us Moving (GUM) San Mateo coalition to shape how any new funds would be spent if the measure passes. Currently, the coalition is conducting online surveys and public town halls throughout the County in order to ascertain voter preferences. Residents and employees located in the County are encouraged to submit their opinions during this preparatory phase.

CLSA will continue to take the lead in working with many local and regional transportation collaborations to give voice to our industry’s perspective and seek solutions for these economic vitality concerns. For more information on the subject or questions, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (risbell@califesciences.org).