California Ballot Measures Seek to Ease Bay Area Gridlock

Transportation advocates want to ask voters in several northern California counties to decide whether the region should boost sales taxes to fund $500 million a year in road and rail improvements in what would be the first regional effort to fight gridlock.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is helping to lay the groundwork for ballot measures in November 2016 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties. The counties would join Alameda County, which already has a half-cent transportation sales tax in place.

Having contiguous counties vote in the same ballot cycle would facilitate regional improvements, said Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

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