MTC Briefing: Prop 6 Myths/Facts, Climate Action Summit, Pothole Stories

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  Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC Briefing: September 2018  

State Transportation Funding: Myths vs. Facts

  Prop 6 would take back millions of dollars for pothole repairs.  
  Proposition 6 on the state’s November ballot would take back millions of local government dollars that fund the maintenance and repair of city and county streets and roads, as well as public transit service. To provide further insight into the debate regarding Proposition 6, MTC has prepared a brief write-up titled “State Transportation Funding: Myths vs. Facts,” dispelling such misconceptions as “State transportation taxes can be diverted to the General Fund.” As noted in the analysis, these transportation funds are in a voter-approved, constitutionally protected lock-box and cannot be diverted to the state General Fund. And by cutting funding for urgent road repairs, Proposition 6 likely would cost the average family hundreds of dollars more in increased car repairs than it could expect to save in lower taxes. More  
  Top Stories  
MTC   Global Climate Action Summit Comes to SF
San Francisco is playing host to the Global Climate Action Summit this week, and while the main events at the Moscone Center are by invitation only, you can view the proceedings virtually and also participate in a host of affiliate events. MTC’s home base at the Bay Area Metro Center is hosting a Climate Tech Marketplace on Thursday, September 13, and the Ford GoBike bike share system is offering free rides that day. MORE
MTC   Open for Business: Salesforce Transit Center
The Salesforce Transit Center celebrated its long-awaited Grand Opening with a formal ribbon-cutting on August 10, followed by a jam-packed public party on August 11 and the launch of transbay bus commute service the following Monday. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown acted as master of ceremonies, welcoming a prestigious lineup of speakers to the Transit Center, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; San Francisco Mayor London Breed; and MTC Chair and Rohnert Park Councilmember Jake Mackenzie. MORE
MTC   MTC’s 2018 High School Interns Show Their Skills
MTC celebrated the completion of the 18th year of its summer high school internship program with a showcase on August 10. The students worked in agencies across the Bay Area’s nine counties this summer, with placement and funding provided by MTC. This year’s class of 34 interns worked in 28 agencies throughout the region. MORE
  Photos & Videos  
MTC   MTC’s 2018 High School Interns Show their Skills
See photos of this year’s class of talented high school students, who gave final presentations on August 10.
PHOTOS: MTC’s 2018 Interns
Street Stories: Bay Area Cities Battle Road Repair Backlogs
For years, insufficient funding has stalled efforts to adequately maintain California’s network of aging streets and roads, and the limited funding that was available has been spent mostly on pothole repairs — a costly way to go. California Senate Bill 1, passed in 2017, addressed the crisis by increasing the statewide gas tax and other fees. Now Prop 6 on the November ballot proposes to take those new revenues away. In a series of videos, MTC correspondent Mark Jones explores how several cities around the Bay are grappling with their pothole problems, and what the loss of the newfound money would mean for them and motorists.
VIDEO: San Leandro   VIDEO: Concord
VIDEO: Petaluma   VIDEO: Santa Rosa
Salesforce Transit Center: “Grand Central Station of the West” Roars to Life
The new Salesforce Transit Center — with its stunning and expansive rooftop garden — is an instant hit, drawing large crowds to the opening party and quickly becoming a popular lunchtime spot for downtown workers.
PHOTOS: State and Local Officials Gather for Ribbon-Cutting   PHOTOS: Opening Party Draws Curious and Excited Visitors
PHOTOS: Bus Service Begins to Roll   PHOTOS: Rooftop Garden Rocks Day and Night
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