- Replacing aging BART railcars and extending BART to San José and Santa Clara;
- Improving Caltrain, SMART, Muni, and ferry service; and
- Easing freeway bottlenecks in the East Bay and Peninsula.
- Beckie Zisser
- May 23, 2018
This is the second in three posts about June ballot measures that affect San Francisco Bay. Bay Area residents know all too well the gridlock on our roads and highways. Our region’s rapid growth has put a significant strain on our transportation infrastructure, with more cars on the road, more passengers packing trains and buses, and longer commute times. All of this growth has a direct impact on the health of our Bay, as more vehicles crowd roads and highways that parallel the shoreline and cross the water. When cars sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic along I-880 or inch along the Bay Bridge, more oil runs off onto roads and washes into the Bay, and more particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions pollute the air and threaten Bay water quality.Regional Measure 3 (RM-3) will help reduce gridlock and improve public transit throughout the region. Through a $3 regional bridge toll increase that will be phased in over six years, RM-3 will fund critical public transit and highway improvements. These include: