Measure M* Extension
SCTLC Policy Statement: Reauthorize Measure M, but change the criteria for evaluating projects to prioritize building greenhouse-gas-reducing projects first.
See Steve Birdlebough’s April 29 Email to the SCTA Ad-Hoc Committee for more detail about evaluating and prioritizing projects.
See SCTA’s New Measure Infrastructure Projects list with SCTLC’s informal ranking of projects by environmental priority in pencil.
#1 projects are very likely to enable reductions in GHG emissions
#2 projects are somewhat likely to enable reductions in GHG emissions
#3 projects are likely to have little effect on GHG emissions
#4 projects are likely to result in increased GHG emissions.
Of the roughly 100 projects that have been listed in the Draft Expenditure Plan, about 65 appear to be likely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), at a total combined cost of about $507 million. However, about 15 projects appear to be likely to increase GHGs at a total combined cost of about $433 million.
Measure M* – As federal and state funds for transportation dwindle, county and regional ballot measures become the main tool for innovation and development of local transportation systems.
Sonoma County passed Measure M (Traffic Relief Act for Sonoma County) in 2004. Measure M raises locally-controlled funding (a 1/4 cent sales tax) for transportation projects within the county, including Highway 101 widening, road improvements, pothole filling, and supporting the SMART train, buses, and bike/ped infrastructure. SCTA administers the funds through the Measure M Expenditure Plan. The latest SCTA Measure M Strategic Plan can be found here.