By Chris Lepe, TransForm
San Mateo County’s economy has been thriving in recent years. But while the Peninsula has added jobs, we have not made the needed investments in transportation infrastructure to keep up. Traffic is a nightmare and our transportation systems are aging, stressed, and facing serious capacity challenges.
We haven’t made enough investments in housing, either, which leads to displacement, longer commutes, and more transportation problems. Over the last five years, San Mateo County has produced one housing unit for every 19 jobs it has created, leading to rising rents, displacement of low to moderate income households, longer commutes, and massive traffic congestion locally and regionally.
Unanimously approved by the SamTrans Board of Directors and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in July, Measure W will raise $80 million per year over thirty years to address pressing transportation challenges across San Mateo County — challenges that will only get worse if the measure doesn’t pass this November.
Here are 5 reasons why we’re wild about W:
If you’re a San Mateo County voter, please vote YES on Measure W this November! To learn more about Measure W, visit https://www.smccongestionrelief.com.
If you’d like to spread the word about Measure W, share this blog post with your friends and family. To volunteer with our grassroots campaign, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need as many people as possible to help us reach voters in San Mateo County, including help with tabling, flyering at transit stations, knocking on doors, and making phone calls.
See TransForm’s complete voter guide for the November 2018 election.