In June 2018, voters in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area approved Regional Measure 3 (RM 3). The measure provides $4.45 billion in transportation funding, with an estimated $1 billion eligible for Alameda County projects. The measure includes a plan to build major roadway and public transit improvements funded by an increase in bridge tolls on all Bay Area toll bridges except the Golden Gate Bridge. With RM 3, the region’s state-owned toll bridges increased by $1 beginning January 1, 2019, and will increase another $1 in January 2022 and another $1 increase in January 2025.
RM3 funds important projects in Alameda County to support better goods movement and economic development, highway and express lane improvements, major transit investments in operations and capital projects, active transportation projects such as the East Bay Greenway Project, multimodal investments including the San Pablo Avenue and the East 14th/Mission Boulevard and Fremont Boulevard corridors, and congestion relief projects in the County. Additionally, nearly 50 percent of the transit services funded with RM3 operating assistance directly benefit Alameda County.