Bay Area measures that aim to restore BART and extend the commuter rail system to downtown San Jose were ahead Wednesday morning, appearing to have surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Voters in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties appeared to back Measure RR, a $3.5-billion bond measure to rebuild the core systems of the aging electric train service, which has been plagued with ancient, faulty power systems and water leaks that have weakened steel rails so much they crack during the commute. With all precincts reporting, Measure RR was garnering 70% of the vote.
In Santa Clara County, Measure B asked voters to raise the sales tax by half a cent for every dollar spent to fund a host of freeway and transit improvements, including funding to bring BART to downtown San Jose, raising more than $6 billion over the next three decades. Measure B was garnering 71% support, with an estimated 48% of the ballots counted.
In San Francisco, voters appeared to reject Proposition K, which would increase the sales tax rate by three-quarters of a penny for every dollar spent. A companion measure, Proposition J, would have set aside about $100 million a year in new tax revenue to pay for repairs, upgrades and infrastructure improvements to Muni and about $50 million to provide services to the homeless. Proposition K was being rejected by 65% of voters.
Yet to be counted are late-arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.