February 6, 2018 > Coalition supports Measure 3
Coalition supports Measure 3
Submitted By Elise Houren
On January 19 a coalition of planning, transportation, business, and labor organizations announced that they support Regional Measure 3 (RM3). The group is committed to bring necessary improvements to the Bay AreaÕs transportation and infrastructure network, including traffic relief, BART expansion, and highway corridor improvements. The coalition, which includes the Bay Area Council, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), is working with the nine-county region to ensure communities have the promising transit future that RM3 will offer voters this June.
ÒWe applaud and encourage the Metropolitan Transportation CommissionÕs ongoing efforts to place RM3 on the June ballot. Traffic doesnÕt respect city or county boundaries. ItÕs a regional problem requiring regional solutions. ThatÕs why weÕre excited that Bay Area residents will have an opportunity to vote for RM3, a measure funding large transportation improvements, which will reduce traffic and expand transit choices along the most congested corridors in our region,Ó said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, whoÕs also a member of the California Transportation Commission.
ÒBay Area commuters battling record traffic are desperate for big investments in our transportation system that will bring meaningful relief,Ó said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. ÒRegional 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.Ó
The Bay Area Council represents more than 275 of the largest employers in the region as the regionÕs voice of business and is a public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group represents more than 370 of Silicon ValleyÕs most respected employers on issues, programs, and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. SPUR is a respected civic planning organization known for their holistic approach to urban issues.
Towards the goal of passing RM3, the coalition has selected a seasoned campaign team, one who recently ran the successful nine-county Measure AA campaign, the ballot initiative to restore wetlands throughout the Bay Area. That measure generated $500 million over 20 years for critical tidal marsh restoration projects.