Local and State Policy Platform - Transportation
The ongoing deterioration of our transportation infrastructure hurts businesses whether they depend upon shipping their goods out of the area or on tourism and in-person business. We support transportation policies and funding that increase mobility, relieve congestion and expand alternative commute options, including connectors between different modes of public transportation.
We support the expansion of flights and destinations for, along with the modernization of the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport. With each new route, our airport estimates an average of $23 million in economic value including 70 jobs in our community. In addition, connecting to new destinations enhances our ability to attract new employers and bolster our tourism industry.
We support reconstruction of highway 37 to withstand sea level rise and storm surges, to relieve congestion and to improve safety. Growing housing demand has increased this priority as a local workforce issue. Average annual daily trips are projected to increase from 45,000 in 2013 to 58,000 by 2040.
We support the extension of Measure M, the Traffic Relief Act that provides a quarter-cent county sales tax for local transportation improvements. In the last decade, Measure M has attracted $7 state and federal funding for every dollar of local money raised. An extension of Measure M, with a dedicated spending plan to repair both city and county roadways, would help solve this longstanding problem with no increase in the existing tax rate. An extension of Measure M would ensure crucial city and county road repairs and expand alternative commute options with no increase in the existing tax rate.
We support SMART in increasing ridership and in the completion of its original plan.