What is the current state of transportation in Marin County?
Since 2004, Marin County has relied on local funding to reduce traffic and enhance our transit system. Local transportation funding keeps our local transit services running, fixes potholes and other damage to our roads and reduces traffic throughout Marin County.
This critical funding is set to expire soon and the transportation services we rely on are in jeopardy. That’s why we need Measure AA in order to continue local transportation funding with NO tax increase.
Why is Measure AA needed?
Marin County relies on local funding for safer roads and relief from traffic congestion. Resources provided by the State are not adequate to fund the high-quality roads and transportation services that Marin residents deserve.
Measure AA will help relieve congestion on Highway 101, including adding an I-580 connector, and will widen the Marin-Sonoma Narrows, reduce emergency response times and make regional transit connections, like the Ferry and Golden Gate Transit. Our deteriorating roads need Measure AA to fix potholes, repair streets and reduce neighborhood traffic.
Passing Measure AA would also make Marin County eligible for millions of dollars in additional State and regional matching transportation funds. Without Measure AA, this funding would be given to other counties.
How much would Measure AA cost?
Measure AA would extend Marin County’s existing half-cent sales tax at the current rate with NO tax increase. Groceries, medicine and other essential goods and services are exempt from the cost of Measure AA.
What would Measure AA do to improve transportation in Marin County?
Measure AA will:
- Relieve traffic congestion on Highway 101 and local roads
- Fix potholes and maintain local roads
- Reduce traffic by improving Marin County’s interchanges, intersections, timing of signals and access on and off Highway 101
- Provide matching funds to build a direct connector from Highway 101 to I-580 and the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge
- Provide options for commuters going to and from work to relieve traffic congestion
- Expand Safe Routes to Schools, including saving the Crossing Guard program
- Provide local transit options for seniors and persons with disabilities
- Protect local roads and highways from flooding and sea level rise
Are Measure AA projects environmentally-friendly?
Yes, Measure AA focuses funds on transportation projects the benefit the environment. These projects include expanding public transit options and relieving traffic congestion to reduce pollution.
How do I know that Measure AA funds will be spent as promised?
Measure AA has a detailed expenditure plan defining EXACTLY how transportation funding will be spent. Measure AA has received the support of EVERY town and city council in Marin because it focuses on the transportation improvements Marin County needs NOW. The Measure AA plan can only be amended following broad public outreach and approval from Marin’s cities/towns.
Measure AA also mandates strict fiscal accountability safeguards. Every penny from Measure AA will benefit local transportation projects and programs, and cannot be taken by the State. Additionally, review by an independent citizens’ oversight committee, in addition to regular public audits, will ensure that all funds are spent as promised.
How was the Measure AA plan created?
The Measure AA plan was created with over a year of extensive input from the public, transportation planners and Marin County community leaders to focus on the projects that will make the biggest difference for Marin communities. Vote YES on Measure AA to relieve traffic on Highway 101, fix potholes, maintain local roads and improve intersections and timing
Measure AA is the only plan that renews local transportation funding with NO tax increase for Marin residents. Measure AA will provide the stable source of funding required to complete transportation projects, finish the Marin-Sonoma Narrows and continue providing transit options for seniors and commuters.
When can I vote on Measure AA?
Measure AA will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot. All registered voters in Marin County will be eligible to vote on Measure AA. Vote-by-mail voters should expect to receive their ballot in the mail the week of October 8. Measure AA must receive two-thirds approval in order to pass.
Do you have questions about voting on Measure AA?
To register to vote please visit http://registertovote.ca.gov/. If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or do not receive your absentee ballot the week of October 8, please call (415) 473-6456 or visit www.marincounty.org/depts/rv.