Legislation worth keeping an eye on.
Regional Measure 3
The region urgently needs new investment in transportation. But Regional Measure 3 is not the answer.
It demands that bridge commuters take hundreds of dollars out of their paychecks to fund a grab bag of transportation projects cobbled together by state lawmakers behind closed doors. By 2025, typical commuters would pay about $700 more each year, but would see little to no improvement in their commutes.
Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. East Bay Times, April 13, 2018
If the Metropolitan Transportation Commission knew how to cut traffic, it would have done so by now
The root cause of traffic congestion is the excessive percentage of solo drivers. Traffic is horrible now because MTC and the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) have continuously spent our resources to facilitate solo driving rather than transit.
David Schonbrunn, East Bay Times, April 14, 2018
Bay Area-wide Poll Finds Voters Favor RM3
RM3 would increase bridge tolls to provide funding for transportation improvements. This poll by Alameda County Transit covers the entire Ba Area and found that over half the people polled support RM3, no matter how often they use the bridges. Negative messages were not tested as part of this poll. Read report.
Regional Measure 3: Official description
Regional measure would raise bridge tolls to fund transit improvements
<initially>About 75 percent of the funds from Regional Measure 3 would be used for regional transit projects, including in San Francisco. Around $500 million would help fund new BART cars, $140 million would replace and expand Muni’s fleet and facilities and $325 million would help fund the Caltrain extension to the Transbay Transit Center in South of Market.
Over the next 25 years, about 69 percent of the funding would go to transit improvements, 25 percent to highway and road improvements, and 3 percent to bike and pedestrian improvements.
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, SF Examiner, April 5, 2018 1:00 am
AB-3059 Congestion pricing (demonstration pilot projects)
Current state law effectively bans local agencies from congestion charging on public roads. Proposed legislation would preempt that law and authorize 4 demonstration projects. Studies by the SF County Transportation Authority back up the idea. Read the article.
By Roger Rudick, StreetsblogSF, Mar 13, 2018
AB 2006: Agricultural Worker Clean Transportation Investment Program
This Program would fund the deployment of near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles used for agricultural vanpools, serving disadvantaged or low-income communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using money from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. It is intended to help implement the governor’s Charge Ahead California Initiative, administered by the state board, which includes goals of placing in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by 2023, and increasing access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles. More on the bill.
SB 827: Housing Near Transit or Development Grab?
Reporters talked to a lot of people on various sides about State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 827. Read the article.
By Katy Murphy & Erin Baldassari, SJ Mercury News, March 3, 2018
Hearing on Wiener housing bill points to the roots of this crisis
Redmond lays out objections to SB 827 as written, in this description of a hearing at which SF Supervisors resolved to oppose the bill.
By Tim Redmond, 48 Hills, March 12, 2018
SF lawmaker threatens to sue state if transit-oriented development bill passes
Supervisor Aaron Peskin pledged to sue the state to overturn Senate Bill 827 should it be approved. Read the article.
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, SF Examiner, March 12, 2018 6:23 pm
San Francisco Supv Peskin Wants Ballot Measure for Tax on Uber and Lyft
Chicago has a 15 cent tax. Portland taxes 50 cents a ride, while the state of Massachusetts gets 20 cents a ride. Philadelphia generated $2.6 million for public schools through a 1.4 percent tax. SF Supervisor Aron Peskin called on state lawmakers (the CA Public Utilities Commission) to turn the reigns over to cities when it comes to regulating rideshare. He plans to introduce a city ballot measure for November that would allow San Francisco to tax Uber and Lyft. Read article.
By Susie Steimle, CBS SF Bay Area, February 28, 2018
San Francisco Mayoral Candidates’ Transit Views
Snippets from a recent mayoral candidates’ forum:
Kim suggested increasing the city’s stock of Muni buses and adding cars to Muni trains. “There’s no reason why the Muni lines that run underground need to be only one car,” she said, adding that she also supported the funding of large infrastructure projects, like a potential second Transbay Tube and bringing Caltrain lines farther downtown — both of which would help ease congestion, she said.
Leno empathized with commuters forced to pack into overcrowded trains each day. He recommended implementing “performance reviews” for the city’s transit agencies to increase accountability. “San Franciscans need greater (transportation) capacity … and they deserve reliability,” he said.
Breed emphasized investing in more buses and trains, and hiring more operators for those vehicles. “We need a long-term strategic plan to make sure we purchase more buses and hire more drivers,” she said.
Alioto, not known for mincing words, vowed to replace the head of the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency if elected. “Somebody has got to stop the waste, and it starts at the top,” she said.
By Dominic Fracassa, SF Chronicle, February 28, 2018
Transport and Taxes
South Bay, SF Residents OK with Sales Tax Rise for Expanded Caltrain Service
Three out of four South Bay and San Francisco voters are willing to pay a higher sales tax to fund an expansion of Caltrain, a new poll found. Registered voters in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties were asked if they would support a proposed sales tax increase of one-eighth of a cent to ease traffic, double the ridership capacity on Caltrain and complete the full electrification of the system. Seventy-six percent of the respondents said yes, compared to 18 percent who said no and another 6 percent who were undecided. Read article.
By Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, February 12, 2018