“Time spent on this legal battle could extend into years, adding to the cost of implementing these needed projects,” lamented VTA Board Chair Jeannie Bruins.
Measure B was vigorously opposed by the Sierra Club, Silicon Valley Transit Users, TransForm, and I Walk I Bike I Vote on social and environmental grounds but was ultimately approved by 70 percent of voters on November 8, 2016. The VTA Board has yet to address the groups’ concerns that the tax measure will inflict permanent environmental damage by widening highways and interchanges and by failing to make major investments in sustainable transportation modes.
VTA Vice Chair and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo dismissed objections to the measure. “One person seeks to exploit the judicial process to reverse the decision of the overwhelming majority of Santa Clara County voters, and of the Superior Court,” he said.
The lawsuit blocks distributions of Measure B funds that was anticipated for Fall 2017. VTA says it will “begin delivering the voter approved projects and programs contained in 2016 Measure B as soon as the lawsuit is resolved.”