This chart compares support for transportation measures among Bay Area voters with voters statewide. It confirms what many of us already suspect, namely that our region's voters are more willing to tax themselves to support transportation. The gap between the Bay Area and the state average is most noticeable with respect to rail improvements financed by general obligation bonds. The greatest gap occurred in November 2008, when 62 percent of Bay Area voters supported Proposition 1A, the high-speed rail bond, versus only 53 percent statewide. On the other hand, Bay Area voters are less supportive than the average Californian towards measures aimed at protecting local and state transportation funding from being diverted to other purposes.
Map of the Month
Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.