Key Funding Measures

Winning billions of dollars for public transportation and more affordable, walkable communities

Investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure and affordable housing can return incredible benefits for communities. But too often, transportation decisions have harmed or disregarded the needs of low-income people, communities of color, seniors, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

TransForm leads and supports coalitions that shape funding measures to focus on social equity and climate protection. In addition to the rewards for those who directly use new services and facilities, smarter investments create good jobs, increase access to opportunities, and improve public health and safety for everyone.

Since our founding in 1997, TransForm has helped win tens of billions of dollars for public transportation, affordable housing, safe walking and biking, road and sidewalk maintenance, and other strategies to make California more vibrant, sustainable, and affordable.

2018 priorities

Defending SB1’s sustainable transportation investments

In November 2018, California voters will decide whether to protect billions of dollars of investments to fix our crumbling roads and aging transit systems. Though not perfect, SB 1 was a huge step in the right direction for transportation funding. Governor Brown’s 2018 budget projects that SB 1 will raise $4.6 billion in new revenues this year alone. Over $800 million of these new revenues would be directly invested in public transit and active transportation projects and operations:

  • $330 million for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)
  • $355 million for the State Transit Assistance Program
  • $100 million for the Active Transportation Program
  • $36 million for commuter rail and intercity rail

Most of the remaining funding goes to repair local and state roads. This will include a tremendous number of complete street overhauls, which bring bike lanes and other safety measures. We can’t allow a partisan attack to throw us back to the days of upside-down budgets, persistent potholes, crumbling bridges, and outdated and infrequent trains and buses.

Statewide Affordable Housing Bond Measure

SB 3 (Beall), passed in 2017, places an affordable housing bond measure on the November 2018 ballot to fund construction of thousands of affordable homes throughout California. The $4 billion bond would make it possible leverage nearly $11 billion more in federal funds. The ripple effects of this investment will be profound — estimates include the creation of over 130,000 jobs and $23 billion in economic activity. Increasing the supply of affordable homes is also critical to limit displacement and help low-income Californians stay in their neighborhoods.

Regional Measure 3, SF Bay Area

In November 2018, Bay Area voters will have the choice to expand transit throughout the 9 counties by increasing bridge tolls. To ease the burden a new toll will have on drivers, the $3 increase would be phased in over six years, and the new money will primarily fund sorely needed public transit projects, such as:

  • $500m for new BART cars
  • Extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco
  • Updating Clipper technology (a necessary step for an integrated regional discounted fare)
  • Expanding Muni's Metro Rail fleet
  • Extending BART to Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara
  • Expanding AC Transit Transbay Bus service, BRT, and express bus service
  • Improving bike and pedestrian access to transit hubs
  • Filling in gaps in the SF Bay Trail
  • and many other projects! Learn more here.

Stay tuned for TransForm’s detailed analysis of Regional Measure 3.

San Mateo County Sales Tax for Transportation

SamTrans is currently planning a sales tax ballot measure for November 2018 to provide $80 million for transportation improvements throughout San Mateo County. As one of the leaders of the Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition (TEAMC), we are working to ensure that the projects funded by this sales tax prioritize the needs of our communities — especially youth, transit riders, low-income people, communities of color, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

Our Impact

The funding measures listed below have raised more than $35.5 billion for public transportation, affordable housing, safe walking and biking, road and sidewalk maintenance, and other strategies to make California more vibrant, sustainable, and affordable.

We’ve also supported campaigns to expand protections for renters, reform campaign finance laws, and increase the minimum wage, among other important issues not related to infrastructure spending.

Key funding measures chart