Assemblyman David Chiu's statement on Governor Jerry Brown's signing of Senate Bill 595

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 595 (Beall), which authorizes the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to reduce transit and traffic congestion by placing before Bay Area voters a toll increase on state-owned bridges. Asm. Chiu is a Principal Co-Author of the bill and managed it on the Assembly Floor.

“I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown for his continued leadership to improve transportation in California, and in particular the San Francisco Bay Area. Residents going to and from work already spend an average of 82 hours per year stuck in traffic and our transit systems are struggling to keep overcrowded buses and trains moving. We know that we have to invest in transit and traffic congestion relief or the Bay Area will grind completely to a halt.

This important measure empowers voters of the Bay Area to move our transportation system forward. The $4.4 billion plan includes a significant expansion of ferry service and funds for new BART and Muni vehicles as well as pedestrian and bicycle projects. It will also dedicate resources to the Caltrain extension to the Transbay Terminal and will relieve some of the most critical traffic congestion problems on Bay Area freeways. The investments in this regional measure will also help provide important jobs, improve the quality of life, and reduce emissions. Numerous provisions in the bill, including a new Inspector General for BART, will ensure that these projects deliver their promised benefits.

This bill represents the work of a strong coalition from each of the nine Bay Area counties. After extensive negotiations in the final months of the legislative session, SB 595 garnered the support of every countywide congestion management agency in the Bay Area as well as many labor and business groups. In particular, I appreciated working with Senator Beall as well as Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).”

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Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. Learn more at:  https://a17.asmdc.org/