Supes vote to place traffic relief measure on ballot

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently voted to adopt a resolution to place Regional Measure 3 on the June 5 ballot.

RM3 was developed to help solve the Bay Area’s growing congestion problems. If a majority of voters approve RM3, the measure will fund traffic relief projects in the Bay Area by increasing tolls on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges.

RM3 comprises a series of transit projects – extending BART to San Jose and Santa Clara, improving the San Jose Diridon Station and completing the Eastridge to BART Regional Connector, among others.

“The revenue generated by RM3 will fund a variety of transportation projects that will help provide much-needed traffic relief for our residents, including extending BART all the way to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, and adding more local express lanes,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “These types of critical investments in our transportation infrastructure are vital to the continued economic growth and success of not only San Jose, but our entire region.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Committee’s Bay Area Toll Authority voted Jan. 24 to place RM3 on the June ballot. A coalition including the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and SPUR is driving the RM3 projects.

“Time trapped in traffic is time lost from loved ones, work and friends,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. “For 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.”

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