Ensuring Funding for Transportation Improvement Projects Throughout San Francisco

Nossaman advised the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) on drafting a $2.6 billion transportation bill, Proposition L, that voters approved in the November 2022 election.

Proposition L is an extension of a 0.5 cent transportation sales tax that was first approved in 1989, and which continued with the adoption of Proposition K in 2003. Proposition L will fund SFCTA’s Transportation Expenditure Plan for 30 years and result in $2.6 billion in local transportation funds.

Our team was involved in researching the previous versions of the sales tax measure, provided ethics and election advice, analyzed the Transportation Expenditure Plan for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues and provided advice about the interplay between Proposition L and San Francisco’s General Plan. The Proposition required a 2/3 vote to pass, and 72% of voters in San Francisco approved the Measure.

As a result, our client has an updated Transportation Expenditure Plan, which includes critical funding for numerous transportation projects and equity measures. One such project is the Downtown Rail Extension Project—a complex tunneling project that will connect Caltrain to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Muni in downtown San Francisco, as well as regional and statewide bus operators serving Salesforce Transit Center.

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