THE NEXT ERA ARRIVES
Thank you voters! Because nearly 70% of you voted 'yes' on Measure RR on November 8, 2016, we have $3.5 billion in bond funding to begin our transition to a modern commuter rail system. We're rebuilding and reinvesting, with projects spanning every part of the region from the rolling hills of North Concord, to the tunnels of downtown San Francisco. We’re taking on today’s challenges, and moving forward together.
REBUILDING BART’S BACKBONE
Rebuilding work funded by Measure RR touches on all aspects of the infrastructure BART relies on to provide safe and reliable service. In the first four years of the Measure RR program, BART has focused on rebuilding projects most impactful to reliability, which include replacing track, electrical cabling, and other critical components that were first installed 50 years ago and have long since outlived their design lives. RR is also supporting the renewal of aging stations, boosting capacity, expanding safe access to the system, and relieving crowding.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
There are now more rebuilding projects happening in the BART system than at any point in the District’s history. As Measure RR enters its fourth year of existence there are dozens of projects currently underway across BART’s 50 stations and 131 route miles of track.
Despite the large number of projects underway across BART, the overall Measure RR program is only about 10% complete. The Measure RR Bond Oversight Committee in its latest annual report wrote that the current rate of progress is consistent with the goals outlined by BART when Measure RR was presented to voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties in 2016.
Through March 2020, $504 million in Measure RR funds have been invested in rebuilding projects. The value of the work completed has outpaced projections for this stage of the overall program. IRS rules require that at the time of issuance the BART District needs to have a reasonable expectation that 85% of the bond proceeds, including interest earnings on the proceeds, will be spent within three years. That means there’s a reasonable expectation that BART would spend $300 million in RR funds by June 2020. BART met that goal in August 2019.
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