Prop. 6 would repeal SB1, a California State law that now provides critical funding to repair crumbling roads and bridges as well as improve transit and active transportation infrastructure. This is accomplished by a raise in gas taxes, something that had not been done in 23 years. Repealing SB1 would be disastrous. Thousands of road safety and bridge repair projects currently underway would come to a grinding halt; over 6,500 transportation improvement projects in every California community would be eliminated.
Every homeowner knows that you need to keep up your house or you’ll regret it later. Our transportation system is no different. We are seeing our roads crumble before our eyes, some bridges have collapsed in this country, but some folks still have not learned the lesson: “A civilization that won’t maintain its infrastructure is doomed.”
Prop 6 is also opposed by all major environmental groups, both statewide and local, including The Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council and your own Coalition for Sustainable Transportation. It would eliminate funding for Active Transportation, as well as intercity rail and urban transit systems, crippling our efforts to combat climate change at this critical time.
Dozens of local projects are at risk, including:
Completion of the Hwy 101 multi modal corridor
Safe routes to schools projects in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo
The Modoc/Las Positas bike path and other bike infrastructure
Increased and more reliable service on the Pacific Surfliner route
A new train depot in Goleta
Improved commuter bus service to Ventura County
Clean air buses and improved service for MTD
Pedestrian safety projects on streets.
It is vital that we defeat a proposition that is not only an attack on bridge and road safety but also on the environment. “Voting NO on 6 is the right choice for people and the planet,” said Kathryn Philips, Director of Sierra Club California. We couldn’t agree more.
Read more at NoProp6.com or#NoProp6.