Bond seen as way to relieve problem

Area transportation officials championed the need for dollars contained in the transportation infrastructure bond on the November ballot.

At a press conference Tuesday, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty said that if Proposition 1b, which contains $19.9 billion for highway safety, traffic reduction, air quality and port security, passes, then needed projects to improve Bay Area traffic congestion would be bumped up and could be completed sooner.

As an employee of the state, Caltrans Bay Area Director Bijan Sartipi could not explicitly endorse the proposition, but said that if the bond passes, partially funded projects such as improving Doyle Drive in San Francisco or the Caldecott Tunnel would stand a chance of completion.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin said money was “not a panacea,” but the proposed bond “goes a long way” in helping out Bay Area traffic congestion.

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