Election 2018: Bay Area Voters to Consider $3 Bridge Toll Hike

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Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the Monday morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area voters will consider a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise tolls on the region's seven state-owned bridges by $3 over six years. If approved, Regional Measure 3 would finance $4.5 billion in transit and highway projects, including a BART extension to Santa Clara. Supporters say the toll hike would ease traffic congestion and improve critical infrastructure. But opponents say the measure does little to encourage shared travel and unfairly burdens East Bay residents. We take up the debate.

Guest:
Dan Brekke,
editor and reporter, KQED News
David Schonbrunn, The Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund
Jim Wunderman, president and CEO, Bay Area Council

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