FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 23, 2018
Transportation infrastructure projects key to South Bay congestion relief, economic growth, and maintaining jobs made possible by RM3
South Bay— Tomorrow the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) is set to vote to place Regional Measure 3 (RM3) onto the June 2018 ballot.
RM3 constitutes a series of transit improvement projects set to improve the South Bay area – spanning the Dumbarton Corridor, Highway 101, and BART, among other projects. These major RM3 projects are valuable, urgently needed investments in traffic relief.
Under the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) umbrella and governed by the Commission, BATA is responsible for funding the toll bridges’ operations, maintenance, administration, and the long-term capital improvement and rehabilitation of the bridges. A coalition including the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and SPUR is driving these RM3 projects and progress in traffic relief in South Bay communities and throughout the greater Bay Area.
“Time trapped in traffic is time lost from loved ones, work and friends,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. “For those who live, work or travel to and through the South Bay, RM3 buys us time with improvements on the Dumbarton Bridge, the Highway 101/92 interchange and BART to San Jose.”
RM3 was developed to help solve the Bay Area’s growing congestion problems and to provide residents with a better quality of life as a result. By increasing tolls on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges, RM3 will fund crucial traffic relief projects in the South Bay along with the greater Bay Area.
“Bay Area commuters battling record traffic are desperate for big investments in our transportation system that will bring meaningful relief,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Regional Measure 3 will invest $4.5 billion to clear highway bottlenecks, expand and modernize BART, bus and ferry transit services, and dramatically improve connections between buses, trains and bikes. With the leadership of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to place RM3 on the June ballot, voters will have the power to put traffic in our rearview mirror.”
RM3 is a dynamic opportunity for commuters in the South Bay to achieve necessary traffic relief. Commuters will be able to impact their traffic relief and transportation future by voting ‘Yes’ on RM3 to tackle traffic congestion.
RM3 will enable these crucial projects in the South Bay:
- BART to San Jose
- BART Expansion Cars
- San Jose Diridon Station
- Improving Bike and Pedestrian Access to Transit
- Bay Area Corridor Express Lane
- Expand Regional Express Bus Service
- Next Generation Clipper Transit Fare Payment System
- Dumbarton Corridor Improvements
- Highway 101/State Route 92 Interchange
- Eastridge to BART Regional Connector
- Major Ferry Enhancement Program
The Bay Area has struggled with overloaded highways, rundown roads, and overcrowded transit services, and has lacked the resources to restore its rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. Better roadway access and more reliable transportation options are impactful changes that will become a reality when South Bay constituents have the opportunity to support their communities with the passage of RM3.
“Thanks to the MTC’s commitment to solving the Bay Area’s growing congestion problems and its work with the state legislature to authorize RM3, we now have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of transportation and infrastructure in the Bay Area,” reiterated SPUR President and CEO Gabriel Metcalf. “The revenues from the proposed toll increase will be used to finance significant improvements for our region and communities.”
The Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and SPUR are supporting RM3 and are actively engaged with communities across the nine-county region to win the majority vote needed to pass it.
BATA’s and MTC’s vote to place RM3 on the June 2018 ballot is an important step towards ensuring a better transportation infrastructure future. RM3 will bring promising transportation infrastructure improvements to the South Bay, making the South Bay a better place to live, work, and do business.
Contact: Adam Alberti