Who Cares How We Get Around in Sacramento County? Everyone!Come next Thursday to the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA)
meeting and demand that they work directly with transportation stakeholders to develop a transportation plan. Asking for sales tax money for the plan, but not listening to stakeholders and community priorities is NOT OK
. There will be a short Press Conference and afterwards we want to fill the meeting room inside with residents demanding to make this process transparent with stakeholders at the table. Transportation Rally:
12:30 PM (Gather on I street side of county building) Press Conference:
1:00 PMSTA Meeting and Public Comment:
1:30 PMBACKGROUND/CONTEXTSTA is the only Sacramento County authority that is responsible for managing the expenditure of the money collected from the existing Measure A transportation sales tax in Sacramento County.The STA attempted a renewal and expansion of the sales tax in 2016 and failed. A 2/3 vote is required. It was called Measure B. Measure B had only 30% for transit. Bike and pedestrian mode projects were buried without a visible allocation within road construction and maintenance projects.STA is preparing a new Measure B for the November 2020 ballot- This time called Measure A +.How Much would a 30 - year sales tax measure raise? Approximately $5 Billion The allocation of these resources will have a substantial impact upon the future livability of the region and our participation in an effort to impact global climate change. Transportation Stakeholders including: Sacramento MOVES, Sacramento Metro Advocates of Rail and Transit (SMART), Sacramento 350, ECOS, Breathe California, Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS)The Sierra Club, Sacramento Bicycle Advocates (SABA), and Walk Sacramento have been advocating for the significant investment of proposed future sales tax revenues in mass transit, rail, bake, and pedestrian modes to achieve economic growth, environmental protection, equity and reinvestment for communities, and travel safety for ALL Sacramento County residents and businesses.WHY AN URGENT RALLY NOW?Stakeholders must be at the table to deliberate the allocation of sales tax funds starting with the November 14th STA Board Meeting. The expenditure plan will be developed over the following weeks. Without our direct involvement, it will be very difficult to change a plan that does not reflex what Sacramento needs. If we can demonstrate organized Grassroots POWER NOW that could oppose a ballot measure, we will empower STA Board member allies to accomplish an expenditure plan that is consistent with our vision for a healthy future for our region with an innovative transportation system that serves all Sacramento County residents.