About The Ballot Measure
Regional Measure 3 would increase bridge tolls on the Bay Area's seven state-owned toll bridges (all toll bridges except the Golden Gate bridge) by up to $3 to fund transportation improvement projects in and around the bridge corridors. The increase would be phased in over six years starting January 1, 2019.
If approved by voters, revenues from the toll increase would be used to finance a $4.45 billion slate of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes.
Regional Measure 3 will be on the June 5, 2018 ballot in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. It requires a 50%+1 majority vote across the nine Bay Area counties for approval.
|Regional Measure 3 Projects / Programs benefiting San Francisco||Project Funding Amount|
|BART Expansion Cars Funding for BART to purchase new railcars to expand its fleet and improve reliability.||$500 million|
|Caltrain Downtown Extension This project will extend Caltrain from its current terminus at Fourth Street and King Street to the Transbay Transit Center.||$325 million|
|Ferries Enhancement Program Provides the Water Emergency Transportation Authority funding to purchase new vessels, upgrade and rehabilitate existing vessels, build facilities and landside improvements, and upgrade existing facilities.||$300 million|
|Bay Area Corridor Express Lanes Program Funding to support the environmental review, design, and construction of express lanes to complete the Bay Area Express Lane Network, including supportive operational improvements to connecting transportation facilities.||$300 million|
|San Francisco Bay Trail / Safe Routes to Transit Program Funding for a competitive grant program to fund bicycle and pedestrian access improvements on and in the vicinity of the state-owned toll bridges connecting to rail transit stations and ferry terminals. This may include (but is not limited to) planning for the Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path.||$150 million|
|$150 million Muni Fleet Expansion and Facilities Fund replacement and expansion of the SFMTA's transit vehicle fleet and associated facilities.||$140 million|
|Core Capacity Transit Improvements Program Funding to implement recommendations from the Core Capacity Transit Study and other ideas to maximize person throughput in the transbay corridor.||$140 million|
|Next Generation Clipper Transit Fare Payment System Funding to design, develop, test, implement, and transition to the next generation of Clipper, the bay area's transit fare payment system.||$50 million|
|Transbay Rail Crossing Fund preliminary engineering, environmental review, and design of a second transbay rail crossing and its approaches to provide additional rail capacity, increased reliability, and improved resiliency to the corridor.||$50 million|
|San Francisco Transbay Terminal Operating assistance for transportation-related costs.||Up to $5 million / year|
|Expanded Ferry Service Operating assistance for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority's expanded ferry service.||Up to $35 million / year|
|Regional Express Bus Operating assistance for bus service in the bridge corridors.||Up to $20 million / year|
Frequently Asked Questions
When would the toll rate increase from Regional Measure 3 go into effect?
If approved, tolls would be raised by $1 on January 1, 2019, with subsequent $1 increases in January 2022 and January 2025.
How much money would be raised by Regional Measure 3?
Based on current traffic volumes, each dollar generates approximately $125 million in annual toll revenue. The Regional Measure 3 Expenditure Plan identifies projects that would be funded if voters improve a toll increase of $3 over six years. This includes a $4.5 billion slate of highway and transit projects and $60 million each year to operate new bus and ferry services in congested bridge corridors and to improve regional connectivity at the soon-to- open Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco.
How much money is generated from bridge tolls today and where do these funds go?
The current bridge toll on the seven Bay Area state-owned toll bridges is $5, except for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge which has weekday congestion pricing. All bridges have reduced toll rates during weekday peak times for high-occupancy vehicles using FasTrak. In the fiscal year starting in July 2016, toll revenues totaled about $720 million.
These revenues fund projects out of three programs:
- Regional Measure 1:In 1988, Regional Measure 1 passed by 70 percent of the vote across seven counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano). This measure raised bridge tolls to a uniform $1 on the Bay Area's seven state-owned toll bridges. The toll increase revenues helped fund projects across the region including:
- Rail transit capital improvements to reduce traffic congestion on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
- Access and interchange improvements near bridges
- Construction of the new Carquinez and Benicia-Martinez bridges
- Bridge rehabilitation
- Regional Measure 2: In 2004, voters in the same seven counties approved Regional Measure 2 by 57 percent. This raised bridge tolls an additional $1 to help fund projects across the Bay Area, including the following projects specific to San Francisco:
- The Transbay Transit Center / Downtown Caltrain Extension
- SFMTA's T-Third Street Light Rail construction and operations
- Historic Streetcars for the SFMTA's E-Embarcadero Line
- The BART / Muni Direct Connections at Embarcadero and Civic Center stations
- Safe Routes to Transit: improvements or studies at every BART station area in San Francisco
- The Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program accounts for the last $3 of bridge tolls. All seven of the Bay Area's state-owned toll bridge have now achieved seismic safety. The program currently totals $9.4 billion, and the bridge toll revenues service debt on bonds issued to finance the program.
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