San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joined local firefighters, engineers, the California Association of Highway Patromen and transportation advocates to discuss how this dangerous proposition will harm the Bay Area and California at-large. Currently 6,500 projects are underway making bridges and roads safer in communities throughout California that would be jeopardized by Prop. 6.
“Proposition 6 directly threatens several shovel-ready transportation projects that are key to reducing traffic congestion and making our roads safer here in the Bay Area,” said Mayor Liccardo. “In San Jose, we’ve leveraged this important source of state funding to help repave 100 miles of city streets this year alone. But just as we’re finally starting to get our roads fixed, Prop. 6 threatens to pull the rug out from under us. I urge Californians to vote No on Prop. 6 this November.”
Members of the No on Prop. 6 coalition gathered just after the morning commute at San Jose’s Diridon Station, a major Caltrain station that serves the Silicon Valley. Bad road conditions have led to traffic accidents and cost people time and money idling on congested roads.
Along with Mayor Liccardo, other speakers included:
- Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group;
- Garry Goldenberg, California Association of Highway Patrolmen;
- Shawn Stark, California Professional Firefighters;
- Kwame Agyare, American Society of Civil Engineers, and
- Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D., Mineta Transportation Institute.
Prop. 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and stops funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. Prop. 6 would eliminate more than $3.7 billion in funding for the Bay Area over the next 10 years and jeopardize hundreds of local transportation improvement projects already underway.
In the Bay Area, Prop. 6 would eliminate hundreds of projects including:
- 30 miles of pavement improvements on SR 87 in San Jose;
- Repairing 32 bridges on US 101 and State Routes 9, 17, 82, 85, 87 and 152 in Santa Clara County;
- Constructing a lane between interchanges on SR 237 from Zanker Road to North First Street Overcrossing in San Jose;
- Converting existing (HOV) lanes to Express Lanes between SR 237 and Whipple Avenue and construct new managed lanes between Whipple Avenue and I-380 on US 101;
- Repaving 104 miles on 1-880 in Alameda County;
- Implementing 22 miles of managed lanes in San Mateo and Santa Clara on US 101 to alleviate traffic congestion; and
- Creating a BART extension into downtown San Jose and out to Santa Clara, creating four new stations to serve over 52,000 new riders per day in 2035 and increase connectivity to Caltrain, Amtrak, and transit services at San Jose's Diridon station.
Prop. 6 is opposed by a broad coalition
of more than 300 public safety organizations, engineers, local transportation agencies, cities, counties, environmental groups, business and labor organizations throughout California.
Paid for by No on Prop 6: Stop the Attack on Bridge & Road Safety
sponsored by business, labor, local governments and transportation advocates
Committee Major Funding from
California Alliance for Jobs
Southern California Partnership for Jobs
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
Funding details at www.fppc.ca.gov