Why Environmentalists Should Oppose RM3

The general public has plenty of reason to distrust MTC and RM3. That said, environmentalists and especially climate activists have compelling reasons to actively campaign against RM3. Half of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced by motor vehicles. We must fight back against MTC’s Business as Usual priorities, which result in continued emissions growth. MTC stubbornly refuses to change its priorities, even though the climate emergency clearly demands an entirely new focus: reducing GHG emissions. That requires shifting where the region’s transportation money is spent, something resisted by local governments. For the Bay Area and California to reach its…

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Coalition Forms to Challenge MTC’s Ballot Measure

A coalition of taxpayer groups and environmentalists had its first meeting today. Besides wanting to defeat Regional Measure 3, which will be on the June ballot, the group wants to educate the public about the unaccountability of the Bay Area’s regional government, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC. The group agreed that an elected Commission would enable the public to impose consequences on the actions of Commissioners, by voting them out of office.

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TRANSDEF Analyzes the Projects in RM3

We divided the $4.5 billion expected to be raised by the measure into three categories: Highway projects, which will increase the amount of driving, leading to more congestion. More driving increases the region’s GHG emissions, which harm the climate. Transit projects which are pretty good, as far as TRANSDEF is concerned. Bloated transit projects, which are either definitely or likely to be a tremendous waste of scarce resources.

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The Kickoff Speech

TRANSDEF’s President, David Schonbrunn, spoke on January 24th to the Bay Area Toll Authority, the name that MTC goes by for its bridge business. Here’s what he said: TRANSDEF will be campaigning against this measure, once you vote to put it on the ballot. Having watched MTC commit decades of policy mistakes, I can say for certain this is not an agency the public should give more money and power.   MTC is an entirely unaccountable agency. None of its Commissioners ever suffers consequences for their votes here. We will turn RM3 into a referendum on the job MTC has…

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