March 6, 2018 > Measure 3 to relieve commuters
Measure 3 to relieve commuters
Submitted By Elise Houren
On February 28, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a resolution to place Regional Measure 3 (RM3) onto the June 5, 2018 ballot. Alameda County is set to receive significant traffic relief investments if RM3 is passed by a majority this June.
RM3 constitutes a series of transit projects set to improve Alameda County, spanning BART to San Jose, Interstate 680/State Route 84 Interchange Reconstruction, Interstate 680 Improvements, and Dumbarton Bridge Improvements, among other projects. These major RM3 projects are valuable, urgently needed investments in traffic relief in Alameda County.
ÒThis measure will pave the path for transportation improvements throughout Alameda County, including alleviating congestion on Interstate 880, the Dumbarton Bridge, and improvements to AC Transit and BART,Ó said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. ÒThe funding generated by RM3 is especially critical for investments in Oakland, which is a vital transit hub for travelers by rail, ferry, bus, and car.Ó
ÒTime trapped in traffic is time lost from loved ones, work and friends,Ó said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. ÒFor 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.Ó
The Metropolitan Transportation CommitteeÕs (MTC) Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) voted on January 24 to officially place RM3 onto the June 5 ballot. BATA is responsible for funding the toll bridgesÕ 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 the Alameda community and throughout the greater Bay Area.
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
RM3 will enable these crucial projects in Alameda County:
¥ Dumbarton Bridge Improvements
¥ BART to San Jose
¥ BART Expansion Cars
¥ AC Transit Rapid Bus Corridor Improvements
¥ Interstate 680/State Route 84 Interchange Reconstruction
¥ Interstate 680/Interstate 880/Route 262 Freeway Connector
¥ Interstate 680 Transit Improvements
¥ Transbay Rail Crossing
¥ Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
¥ Tri-Valley Transit Access Improvements
¥ Vasco Road Safety Improvements
¥ Improving Bike and Pedestrian Access to Transit
¥ Capital Corridor Improvements
¥ Bay Bridge Corridor Transit Improvements
¥ Bay Area Corridor Express Lanes
¥ Expand Regional Express Bus Service
¥ Goods Movement and Mitigation
¥ Next-Generation Clipper Transit Fare Payment System
Alameda County Board of SupervisorsÕ support of RM3Õs placement on the June 2018 ballot is an important recognition that Alameda County leaders are seeking a better transportation infrastructure future for their constituents. RM3 will bring promising transportation infrastructure improvements to Alameda County, making Alameda County a better place to live, work, and do business.
For more information about RM3 and the Yes on RM3 coalition visit: https://www.yesonrm3.com