More than 400 transit infrastructure projects would be jeopardized if California’s gas tax hike gets killed in November, with plans shelved, construction frozen in place and millions of taxpayer dollars vaporized, according to officials with state and local transportation agencies.
An effort to repave most of Interstate 880 in the East Bay could be delayed for years or derailed altogether, they say. BART may never reach San Jose, and Caltrain may never roll into the basement of the Transbay Transit Center. Rural northern counties would lose funding to snowplow roads and create a path for emergency vehicles during winter.
In that last case, gas tax money “could be the difference between life and death,” said Kiana Valentine, senior legislative representative for housing, land use and transportation at the California Association of Counties.
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