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Joint Venture endorses regional transportation Measure 3

measure 3 check mark graphicApril 16, 2018 – Joint Venture endorses Regional Measure 3, the nine-county Bay Area transportation improvement measure on the June 5 ballot.

Measure 3 would finance $4.5 billion in highway and transit enhancements through toll increases on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges.

Major projects in the expenditure plan include expansion of BART’s rail car fleet, extension of BART to San Jose and Santa Clara, extension of Caltrain to downtown San Francisco, a number of highway improvements in the region and other upgrades to public transit systems and hubs.

If approved, tolls on the bridges would increase by $1 in January 2019, another $1 in January 2022 and again in January 2025. Because the ballot measure is a toll increase and not a tax, a simple majority across all nine counties is sufficient for passage.

As a nonpartisan public-private organization, Joint Venture does not routinely take positions on ballot measures or legislation. However, because Measure 3 holds true regional significance and addresses pressing challenges, the board voted unanimously to support it.

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