RTC and Local Agencies Oppose Proposition 6

Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, invests state funds to fix roads, build bike lanes and sidewalks, and improve transit and safety. SB1 is the first increase in state funds dedicated to transportation since the mid-1990’s.

The RTC opposes efforts to eliminate funds needed to address the massive backlog of roadway repairs and transportation projects in Santa Cruz County. Anti-tax groups and politicians working to circumvent the state legislative process have placed Proposition 6, a repeal of SB 1, on the November 2018 ballot. At its Sept. 6, 2018 meeting, the RTC took a position to officially oppose Proposition 6, which would repeal new gas taxes and user fees dedicated to transportation projects, thereby eliminating funding for local, regional, and state transportation projects.

Major Santa Cruz County SB1 Projects Include:

  • Local street and road projects – over $7 million per year
  • Transit projects – approximately $3 million per year
  • Highway 9 bridge replacements – $23 million
  • Highway 1/9 intersection Improvements – $3 million
  • Highway 1 traffic flow and safety projects – $7 to $30 million over 5 years
  • Bicycle and pedestrian bridges over Highway 1 at Mar Vista ($7 million) and Harkins Slough Road ($14 million – ATP candidate)
  • Glenwood Active Transportation – trails and road rehabilitation, Scotts Valley ($1 million)

List of Santa Cruz County projects currently funded by SB1 and anticipated to be funded by SB1 in the future.