In 2004, Bay Area voters passed RM2, which increased bridge tolls by $1 in order to fund congestion relief projects. By law, projects are to have a nexus with transbay travel; although in practice that law was more of a guideline. MTC, which administers the fund, has used it as a slush fund for politically juiced projects. This coming Wednesday, the MTC Programs and Allocations Committee will meet to do more allocations.
Many projects actually have nothing to do with bridge travel. One exception is the Dumbarton Caltrain extension, which would cross the Bay and was one of the projects promised to voters. Here is what MTC is proposing to do with that:
RM2 also has a considerable amount of highway spending in the mix. New HOV lanes on I680 will get additional RM2 funds. The MTC is also proposing to install a 3rd automobile lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Bicyclists and the Bay Trail folks have been wanting to use that shoulder space for bike/ped access. There is also the GGT bus route which desperately needs a dedicated bus/HOV lane. It would be a tremendous loss if that space were surrendered to more automobile traffic.