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For Immediate Release

10 September 2018

MST Board of Directors States
Opposition to November Ballot’s Proposition 6

At their meeting on Monday, September 10, the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Board of Directors took an official position to oppose California Proposition 6 (Prop 6), a November 6, 2018, ballot measure that would repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act, also known as Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) or “the gas tax”.

With the aim of repairing roads and bridges, improving traffic safety, and expanding public transit systems across the state, SB 1 passed in April 2017 by an overwhelming majority in both the California State Senate and State Assembly. SB 1 invests $5.4 billion annually in California’s transportation systems.

“We urge voters to vote ‘no’ on Prop 6,” said MST Board Chair Mike LeBarre. “All Californians deserve well-maintained roads, safe bridges, and public transit systems like MST that are a lifeline for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Repeal of SB 1 would have a significant impact on the service MST will be able to provide. A draft list of service reductions and proposed fare increases is at https://mst.org/wp-content/media/ServiceReductions_draft2018sept.pdf. This list is part of MST’s draft Emergency Service Reduction Plan, which would take effect if Prop 6 is passed by the voters in November 2018. MST has scheduled four public hearings to further explain the emergency service reductions and possible fare increase and to solicit community input.

The MST Board’s opposition to Prop 6 is in accordance with its 2017 State Legislative Program which states MST is to “encourage the state to restore, preserve, and augment transportation and transit funding.”

Joining the MST Board’s opposition to Prop 6 are over 400 organizations and groups including local governments, labor, business, public safety, and transportation advocates.

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