Measure B, on the Santa Clara County ballot in Nov., 2002, passed. We were out spent about 1000 to 1 ratio by the special interests promoting highway spending at the expense of transit (literally). A few days after the election, our predictions proved true as VTA released a report stating that they will be having major financial problems. Outright deception was used on the ballot itself, both here and at the next election in San Jose on March 4, 2003, when transit took another hit. For details see Deception on the Ballot
Below is the web page for KeepChoice.org, a group of several organizations (listed below, left) opposing Measure B.
What did Measure A, passed by the voters in Nov. 2000, really promise?
Measure A promised, in exchange for raising the sales tax in Santa Clara County for 30 years, that a list of rail transit projects would be constructed:
BART to San Jose and Santa Clara
Caltrain electrification, double tracking to Gilroy, and enhancements that would permit baby bullet trains to San Francisco.
People Mover linking San Jose Airport with BART and Light Rail.
Light Rail to East Valley from downtown San Jose
This list will be placed in jeopardy by Measure B by preventing state and federal money from being used on these projects. And because the sales tax revenue that pays for most of these projects dropped 24.3% the past year alone.
We urge you to vote NO on Measure B
Measure B puts transit projects at risk
Why Measure B won't solve traffic congestion.
Propaganda words and phrases
More propaganda: Read why they mentioned bicycles and pedestrians.
Measure B would eliminate
Pedestrians must step from the sidewalk (left) into the traffic lane (right) in mid-block. The sidewalk ends where Caltrans jurisdiction ends and the roadway becomes County owned. County highway engineers eliminated the pedestrian facilities when adding more traffic lanes. Measure B would continue this unsafe practice. See details or more photo's.
Who are we
We are organizations opposed to Measure B, to keep choice in future VTA policies and budgets:
Measure B and recent court rulings
The inflexibility imposed by Measure B will create difficulties for future VTA Boards. Recent court rulings require transit ridership increase in the Bay Area to meet air quality requirements. The endless cycles of highway construction encourage use of highways instead of transit.
Two recent court rulings will effect future transportation funding: One requires regional transportation officials to permanently increase transit ridership. The other stops freeway and highway projects that increase pollution. People need transportation alternatives. Measure B eliminates the ability of future elected officials to respond to these court rulings.
For details, see the Mercury News article.