San Francisco transportation funding ballot measures

Summary:

There are three transportation measures on the San Francisco ballot in November: two good and one bad.

  • Proposition A and Proposition B both provide critically-needed funding to comprehensively improve our transportation system – including Muni, Caltrain and the Downtown Extension to Transbay, bicycling and walking.
  • Proposition L supporters say they want to roll back our transportation policy to the way it was “before all the bike lanes” (boo!).

Proposition A – fund Muni and active transportation, and don’t short-change Caltrain

On July 22, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to place a transportation measure on the ballot, supported by Supervisor Wiener, to fund Muni and active transportation in proportion to population growth.

Supervisor Wiener proposed this ballot measure after the untimely demise of a proposed vehicle license fee measure, which would have raised $33 million per year for transit and active transportation. In an attempt to lure drivers to support the VLF, the Mayor instituted a reward for drivers – free parking on Sundays – which reduced funding for Muni by $11 million per year, while incurring opposition from businesses (who lose out when customers can’t find parking) and transit users (Muni isn’t free on Sunday!). But then the Mayor withdrew the VLF proposal anyway. Supervisor Wiener got a vote to bring the VLF back in 2016, and then promoted the replacement funding in the meantime.

The Mayor opposes the measure, expressing a concern that it will reduce spending on other city priorities. San Francisco Transit Riders Union, which follows SF transit funding closely, supports it. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition supports it.

Proposition B – bond measure to support Muni, Caltrain, bike and pedestrian infrastructure

The San Francisco ballot in 2014 will also include a $500 Million General Obligation (GO) bond to pay for transportation capital improvements, improving Muni reliability and speed, planning for the downtown extension and funding pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Proposition L – turn the clock back and reverse San Francisco Transit-First policy

Meanwhile, opponents of transit and active transportation have launched a ballot measure to end San Francisco’s transit-first policy, freeze parking rates and build more parking supply.

In San Francisco, the car-free and car-light are a majority in the city. It ought to be possible to win support for transit and active transportation funding, and move the city forward rather than backward in support sustainable transportation.

If you would like to get involved, come to the San Francisco Transit Riders Union Transit Action Committee this Monday at 5:30 at Church Street Cafe.

Also, come meet fellow transit supporters in San Francisco at an SFTRU fundraiser and Muni pub crawl on Thursday August 14.