Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Regional Measure 3
Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the below statement following the outcome of Regional Measure 3 (RM3).
“Bay Area traffic is a serious challenge to our economy and quality of life, and the passage of Regional Measure 3 shows just how desperate commuters are for solutions. RM3 is a missed opportunity to provide significant, timely relief to toll-payers who will now be paying hundreds of dollars more per year in bridge tolls. The commuters who pay the tolls on the most congested corridors in the region, such as I-80, need immediate relief in the form of a new transit and vehicle Bay crossing,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.
Regional Measure 3 would increase tolls by $3 on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges, which will reach as much as $9, to raise funds for projects primarily outside of Contra Costa County. Congressman DeSaulnier has been working on solutions to address the issue of long commute times and traffic congestion, and recently called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Chao to provide more federal investment for urban and suburban regions such as the Bay Area.
“While I am skeptical about what RM3 will deliver, my hope now is that our local and regional officials adhere to high standards of accountability and transparency. If the 35 projects included in RM3 are not completed on time and on budget the public deserves timely and honest information about delays and cost overruns, something I have worked to promote throughout my career and in Congress,” concluded Congressman DeSaulnier.
Congressman DeSaulnier previously chaired the California Senate Transportation Committee, and was the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. He now serves on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Congress.