abc7news – excerpt (includes video)
A plan to raise $100 billion to fix Bay Area traffic could be put to a vote in 2020.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — When it comes to traffic the Bay Area has some of the worst jams around.
With the population still growing, it’s estimated it could reach 10 million by 2040. Local officials are looking to keep up by generating $100 billion through a tax measure…
While the dollar figure is massive, the measure would seek to generate the funds over several decades with a penny sales tax…(more)
This story follows the one about the huge deficit the SFMTA has run up on the Central Subway project and their lack of ability to handle these jobs. Until these issue over management of major projects is dealt with, we question the wisdom of raising taxes for more big projects that claim they will “fix” the traffic problems. Nothing has “fixed” traffic after billions of dollars pouring into “fixing” it. We are billions into digging holes and the traffic is worse than ever. Let’s see how much the traffic improves with the next gas tax before suggesting any more taxes.