Sacramento—March 18—After hundreds of meetings with community organizations, transportation advocates and concerned citizens, the Sacramento Transportation Authority Board of Directors today overwhelmingly approved by a 13 to 3 vote a tentative Measure A transportation expenditure plan that improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gases, creates thousands of miles of new bicycle and pedestrian trails, fixes potholes and reduces traffic congestion across Sacramento County.
The 40-year, $8.4-billion plan now must be approved by cities representing a majority of the county’s population, after which the Board of Supervisors, if they approve the plan, will place the Measure A half-cent sales tax proposal on the November ballot.
“This plan will reduce congestion, expand transit, add thousands of miles of bike trails and pedestrian paths, clean our air and reduce greenhouse gases,” said STA Board Chairman Darren Suen, and Elk Grove City Council member. “It is a truly balanced plan that reflects a lot of hard work and valuable input from the community, the cities and the STA staff.”
“The Plan presents a balanced approach to achieving many community objectives and needs the broad support of stakeholders, interest groups and the general public to be successful,” said STA Executive Director Will Kempton.
“This important measure will fix potholes, repave residential streets and reduce congestion. It’s good for everyone,” said Susan Peters, outgoing STA Board Chairwoman and Sacramento County Supervisor.
“Today’s near-unanimous vote supporting the 2020 Measure A Expenditure Plan sends a strong signal to Sacramento County residents that their local elected leadership takes very seriously the need to fix our roads, provide clean and safe public transit options, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in response to the threat of climate change” said Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna who also serves as a member of the California Air Resources Board.
“This plan has something for everyone,” said STA Board member and Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell. “We all need to come together to support this proposal because the alternative is unacceptable.”