It is no secret that BART is struggling. An aging system, coupled with enormous ridership surges, is contributing to capacity challenges and system delays. BART has identified $5B of capital investments to bring the systems into the 21st century and to meet future growth and demand.
Proposition RR will go a long way toward addressing these problems. The $3.5B bond will focus on replacing or upgrading core operational components of BART’s existing system that include new train control and signals, electrical system, track replacement and tunnel repair. Additional funds will go toward improving crowding and accessibility, such as escalator upgrades.
Currently, BART moves on average 450,000 people throughout the region every single day. When BART experiences major systemwide delays and shutdowns, that impact is felt by everyone. It is also a major contributor to the economic vitality and quality of life for the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area region. A safe, reliable transit system that is able to serve a growing population is fundamental to a healthy environment and its residents.
The San Francisco League of Conservation Voters endorses YES on Prop RR.