Board of Directors Oppose Proposition 6

Board of Directors Oppose Proposition 6

This week, members of the Board of Directors for SamTrans, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority unanimously voted to oppose Proposition 6.

Each Board adopted a resolution that expresses strenuous opposition to Proposition 6, which would repeal Senate Bill 1, also known as the “Road Repair and Accountability Act.”  The passage of Proposition 6 would jeopardize the funding needed for execution of SamTrans, Caltrain and SMCTA projects, plus deprive Californians of resources now available from S.B.1 for much-needed improvements in transportation infrastructure and transit systems statewide.

San Mateo County transportation projects in jeopardy of losing funding include: SamTrans’ Express Bus Pilot Project, Linda Mar Park and Ride repavement project and procurement of new electric buses; Caltrain’s Grade Crossing Improvement Project, Bike Parking Program and Electrification project; and the SMCTA’s U.S. 101 Managed Lanes Project.

The San Mateo County Transit District is a member of the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements, a diverse coalition of local government, business, labor, transportation, and other organizations throughout the State that also are opposed to the repeal of S.B. 1.

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About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. 

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