SMCo. transportation agencies support Props 1A and 1B
- Published Wednesday, November 1, 2006, by the Menlo Park Almanac
Transportation agencies support Props 1A and 1B
The three agencies that manage transportation for San Mateo County
support Propositions 1A and 1B on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The board of SamTrans, which runs buses; Caltrain, which operates
the Peninsula rail passenger service; and the Transit Authority,
which allocates sales tax revenue, have all voted unanimously for
the two transportation measures put on the ballot by the Legislature.
Proposition 1A would further protect gas tax funding from being
diverted away from transportation to other uses. While
Proposition 42, passed in 2002, theoretically dedicated gas tax
funds to transportation, it allowed exceptions for fiscal emergency.
Since 2002, the state has twice suspended the transfer of part or
all of the $2 billion a year raised by the gas tax.
Proposition 1B would issue $19.9 billion in bonds for transportation
projects in California, including air pollution and port security.
If the bond passes, SamTrans and Caltrain are estimated to receive
$47 million and $40 million respectively. The funds would go to
capital projects that modernize the infrastructure for bus and rail
County projects that would be eligible for funding -- subject to the
state's elaborate allocation process -- include:
* Improvement of the Highway 101/Woodside Road interchange.
* Integration of the Dumbarton rail corridor with the present
* Funding for electrification of the Caltrain corridor.
* Acquisition of new rail cars for Caltrain.
* Rebuilding aging rail bridges.
* Synchronization of traffic lights on El Camino Real.