The Napa Valley Transportation Authority said Wednesday in a news release that the approval by Bay Area voters of Regional Measure 3 (RM3) would result in substantial benefits for Napa County transportation.
“RM 3 will be a game changer for Napa County,” said Napa County Napa Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza who serves on both the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) governing boards.
“Not only will the funds help kickstart critical projects along (State Route) 29, it will also address traffic congestion locally and regionally and make significant investments in alternate modes of transportation,” he said.
Although the final votes have not been tallied, Bay Area voters have passed the measure that will raise bridge tolls by $1 in 2019, 2022 and 2025 on all Bay Area bridges except for the Golden Gate Bridge, NVTA said.
RM 3 includes $20 million for Highway 29 projects in south county. The funding could include junctures of Highway 29 at Highway 221, Highway 29 and 121, Highway 29 at Highway 12 at the Napa County Airport, and various projects in American Canyon, the authority said.
The program also includes $100 million for Highway 37, which runs from Vallejo to Novato.
The responsibility to administer these funds will be shared by the four North Bay congestion management agencies, including NVTA, and will encompass both long and short term improvements to address congestion and sea-level rise.
The RM 3 expenditure plan also includes $150 million for Safe Routes to Transit/Bay Trail improvements and $100 million for North Bay Transit improvements.
Kate Miller, NVTA executive director, said, “NVTA will pursue funding from Regional Measure 3 competitive programs to help build out Napa’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure around schools, which could include the Vine Trail and the Bay Trail, and to complete the Vine Express Bus network.”
As of ballots counted Tuesday, Napa County voters had favored Regional Measure 3, 13,956 votes to 13,396 votes. More urban Bay Area counties gave it stronger support.