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69 Percent Would Vote for Santa Clara County Transportation Measure to Relieve Traffic

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Silicon Valley Leadership Group Poll: 69 Percent Would Vote for Santa Clara County Transportation Measure to Relieve Traffic

San Jose, CA – May 18, 2016 – A Silicon Valley Leadership Group-led poll found that 69 percent of likely voters in Santa Clara County would support a potential transportation measure that the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board is considering placing on the November ballot. The VTA Board of Directors will vote on placing the measure on the ballot on June 2.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a nonprofit policy group representing more than 400 companies in public policy and community efforts that support the economic health and quality of life within the Bay Area, has been spearheading the transportation funding measure to bring relief to traffic woes throughout Silicon Valley.

The ½ cent sales tax measure would help ease traffic, fix roads and complete two visionary mass transit projects within Santa Clara County, including linking BART and Caltrain at Diridon Station and extending rapid rail around the entire Bay Area.

Key poll findings include:

  • Filling potholes and maintaining roads was the second overall top priority for Santa Clara County voters, behind improving public education.
  • Reducing traffic congestion was the third highest priority issue for voters.

“With the average commuter spending the equivalent of almost two work weeks a year, or 64 hours, sitting in traffic, Silicon Valley residents are ready for effective and efficient traffic relief solutions,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “The Leadership Group has spent the past three years with transportation experts, business and community leaders to devise a transportation plan that best suits the needs of each city in Santa Clara County, while maximizing our residents’ tax dollars.”

“While the tech boom is boosting our economy, our infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with the increased workforce,” said Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor and Board Chair of the Valley Transportation Authority. “To continue maintaining a strong ecosystem for our residents and businesses, we must take steps to improve our transit systems and fix our roads. We are heartened by the strong signs of support for a potential transportation measure on the November ballot.”

“Our region suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the country, leaving our residents with long commutes and constraining the growth of our economy,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We need real solutions that will bring relief to our traffic challenges and I applaud the many cities and leaders throughout Santa Clara County for coming together in support of a potential transportation measure.”

Transportation Measure – Potential Ballot Language
To relieve traffic, repair potholes; shall VTA enact a 30-year half-cent sales tax to:

– Repair streets, fix potholes in all 15 cities;
– Finish the BART extension to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara;
– Improve bicycle/pedestrian safety, especially near schools;
– Increase CalTrain capacity, easing Highway congestion, improving safety at crossings;
– Relieve traffic on all 9 expressways, key highway interchanges;
– Enhance transit for seniors, students, low-income, disabled;

Mandating annual audits by an independent citizens watchdog committee to ensure
accountability.

Would you likely vote “yes” or “no” on this measure?
Yes. ………….. 69%
No. …………… 25%
No Opinion. … 6%

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Annual Poll
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group conducts an annual poll with pollster J. Moore Methods of 600 likely voters in Santa Clara County. The poll was conducted from April 23, 2016 to May 1, 2016 and has a +/- 4.2 percent margin of error.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and generate more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.

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