To help solve the Bay Area's growing congestion problems, MTC worked with the state Legislature to authorize a new ballot measure that would finance a comprehensive suite of highway and transit improvements through an increase tolls on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges. Senate Bill 595 (authored by Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose) was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brown in fall 2017. Voters in each of the nine Bay Area counties will consider Regional Measure 3 in June 2018.
If approved by a majority of voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties, toll revenues would be used to finance a $4.45 billion slate of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes.
Major projects in the RM 3 expenditure plan include expansion of BART’s railcar fleet to accommodate record ridership and the system’s pending 2018 extension to Milpitas and East San Jose; further extension of BART’s Silicon Valley service to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara; extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco; expanding transbay bus services and AC Transit’s bus rapid transit lines; constructing a direct freeway connector from northbound U.S. 101 to eastbound Interstate 580 in Marin County, and improving the westbound approach to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the I-580/Richmond Parkway interchange in Contra Costa County; constructing a direct connector between Interstates 680 and 880 in Fremont; upgrading the I-680/State Route 4 interchange in Contra Costa County, the I-680/State Route 84 interchange in Alameda County and the U.S. 101/State Route 92 interchange in San Mateo; various upgrades to relieve congestion in the Dumbarton Bridge corridor and improve State Route 37 in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties; extending the new SMART rail system to Windsor and Healdsburg; expanding San Francisco’s fleet of Muni Metro rail cars; and adding more vessels to the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet. The bill also includes a $150 million grant program to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to regional transit hubs and to close gaps in the San Francisco Bay Trail. Review the complete Regional Measure 3 Expenditure Plan.
Voter approval of RM 3 would raise tolls on the region's state-owned toll bridges by $1 beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Tolls would rise by another $1 in January 2022 with another $1 increase in January 2025. This would mark the first toll increase on the seven state-owned bridges since 2010.
Bay Area voters have twice previously approved toll increases for regional transportation improvements. This map details the major projects funded by those measures.
Projects funded through Regional Measure 1 (1988) include the Richmond Parkway, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge widening, the new Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge across the Carquinez Strait, widening of the Bayfront Expressway in San Mateo County, Richmond-San Rafael Bridge rehab, the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge, rehab of the original 1962 Benicia-Martinez Bridge, and reconstruction of the Interstate 880/State Route 92 interchange in Hayward.
Regional Measure 2 (2004) provided funding to advance the Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore, San Francisco's Central Subway, Interstate 80/680 interchange upgrades in Solano County, State Route 4 widening in eastern Contra Costa County, the e-BART extension to Pittsburg and Antioch, seismic retrofit of the BART Transbay Tube, the BART-Oakland Airport connector, the Transbay Transit Center now under construction in San Francisco, and BART's extension from Fremont to Warm Springs, which opened earlier this year.
Regional Measure 2 also provides ongoing operating support for the Clipper® transit-fare payment card, and for key bus, ferry and light-rail services around the region.