SF Proposition A

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Heavily influenced by a massive pro-Prop A spending campaign, the San Francisco voters approved Prop A on November 4, 2014. Prop A authorizes San Francisco’s government to sell $500 million in transportation General Obligation bonds. Including interest on the bonds, Prop A will cost the tax payers of San Francisco over a billion dollars.

According to Matier and Ross’s pie chart, most of the proceeds of Prop A are destined to be spent on items having little to do with Muni or other public transit:

propapiechartMoreover, virtually none of the $500 million in Prop. A funding is currently allocated to addressing San Francisco’s most pressing transportation problems; namely

  • positioning Muni to keep up with San Francisco’s population (+34% projected by 2040) and employment growth (+  29% projected by 2040). Source: Mayor’s Transportation Task Force
  • getting buses and LRV’s jammed with riders out of traffic congestion
  • easing the peak period crush in the Market Street subway
  • extending Caltrain to the new Transbay Transit Center, therefore giving 280,000 daily Peninsula motorists a classier and less troublesome way of getting into San Francisco
  • putting the SFMTA’s financial house in order.

Given the vague language of Prop A, SFMTA still has a choice.  It can continue to follow the lead of the Mayor’s inexperienced Transportation Task Force of 2012/13 and consequently waste much of the $500 million raised by Proposition A.

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Or it can tackle the major transportation problems facing San Francisco at this time.  How SF’s government responds to these challenges is crucial to the future of San Francisco.

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