With less than 30 days left until the election, we are now in the home stretch of getting Measure B across the finish line. November 8 will be the culmination of more than a three year effort to relieve traffic congestion and repair roads in Santa Clara County.
Measure B faces a high hurdle, as it needs 66.67 percent of the vote to be successful. The 2/3rds vote requirement ensures that Measure B dollars will go solely to Measure B projects approved by voters.
On top of that, Measure B includes an additional layer of security by requiring a 75 percent vote of the 12 member VTA Board to make even a single change to the Measure. Those safeguards make Measure B one of the most specific and accountable ballot measures in recent memory.
So what does Measure B do exactly? Those details can be found in the official 75-word ballot question.
To relieve traffic, repair potholes; shall VTA enact a 30-year half-cent sales tax to:
‚Äì Repair streets, fix potholes in all 15 cities;
‚Äì Finish BART extension to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara;
‚Äì Improve bicycle/pedestrian safety, especially near schools;
‚Äì Increase Caltrain capacity, easing highway congestion, improving safety at crossings;
‚Äì Relieve traffic on all 9 expressways, key highway interchanges;
‚Äì Enhance transit for seniors, students, disabled;
Mandating annual audits by independent citizens watchdog committee to ensure accountability.
Each component part of Measure B snaps into place like a jigsaw puzzle, adding up to a comprehensive countywide plan to help reduce traffic and repair our roads.
What does that mean for us?
Local Road Maintenance Funds
Expressway Congestion Relief
Highway Interchange Improvements
BART to Silicon Valley Phase Two