San Francisco’s existing ½ cent transportation sales tax is one of the largest funding sources for the city’s Paratransit programs, including ADA Paratransit, the Essential Trip Card, and Van Gogh. Last year, the half-cent sales tax provided 32% of the funding needed to run the Paratransit programs – programs that give older adults and people with disabilities the ability to travel to vital services and activities independently. Without this funding, our communities will suffer.
Passage of Prop L would renew our transportation sales tax, ensuring that Paratransit retains its baseline funding. Not only that, but thanks to the work of advocates, the new Proposition ensures that Paratransit programs get an even bigger percentage of the sales tax revenue, without raising taxes. This will ensure that Paratransit not only meets current and increased demand, but that important programs like the Essential Trip Card and Van Gogh shuttles can continue.
The renewed transportation sales tax will fund other important improvements, including sidewalk curb ramps, audible pedestrian countdown signals, and upgraded and new BART and Muni elevators and escalators.