BAY AREA TRAFFIC RELIEF PLAN. Shall voters authorize a plan to reduce auto and truck traffic, relieve crowding on BART, unclog freeway bottlenecks, and improve bus, ferry, BART and commuter rail service as specified in the plan in this voter pamphlet, with a $1 toll increase effective in 2019, a $1 increase in 2022, and a $1 increase in 2025, on all Bay Area toll bridges except the Golden Gate Bridge, with independent oversight of all funds?
IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF REGIONAL MEASURE 3
Regional Measure 3 (RM3) would increase the tolls on all Bay Area toll bridges except the Golden Gate Bridge. The tolls would increase by $1 in 2019, an additional $1 in 2022, and an additional $1 in 2025, for a total increase of $3. After 2025, tolls could be increased for inflation.
By law, the Bay Area Toll Authority (Authority) would have to use not more than 16% of the funds from these toll increases to pay for up to $60 million in designated annual transportation operating programs. The Authority would have to use the remaining available funds, which the Authority estimates will total $4.45 billion, for designated transportation capital projects throughout the Bay Area. The largest projects include:
• purchasing new BART cars;
• extending BART from the planned Berryessa/North San José Station to San José and Santa Clara;
• widening U.S. 101 through the Marin-Sonoma Narrows to accommodate new carpool vehicle lanes;
• improving State Route 37, which serves Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties;
• expanding the ferry service and increasing its frequency;
• improving Interstate 680/State Route 4 and Interstate 80/680/State Route 12 interchanges; and
• extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco.
The Authority would be allowed to provide discounts to high-occupancy vehicles or vehicles that pay tolls without using cash. The Authority would be required to provide a discount for certain commuters who cross two bridges.
RM3 will be on the ballot in all nine Bay Area counties, including the City and County of San Francisco and the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. To pass, RM3 requires approval by a majority of votes cast on the measure in all nine counties combined.
An independent oversight committee would monitor how funds from the toll increases are spent. This committee and the Authority would be required to submit annual reports on use of the funds to the State Legislature.
A “yes” vote is a vote to increase the toll on all Bay Area toll bridges except the Golden Gate Bridge by $1 in 2019, an additional $1 in 2022, and an additional $1 in 2025.
A “no” vote is a vote to not approve the proposed toll increase.
James R. Williams
Danielle L. Goldstein
Deputy County Counsel
How "3" Got on the Ballot
On January 24, 2018, the Bay Area Toll Authority passed a resolution to place Regional Measure 3 on the ballot in the nine Bay Area counties; the San Francisco Board of Supervisors consolidated this measure into the City’s June election.
This regional measure requires 50%+1 affirmative votes of all votes cast in the nine Bay Area counties to pass.