In an unexpected blow to the credibility of Regional Measure 3, a Congressman with long ties to transportation has written an opposition to the measure. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) rebukes Bay Area politicians and MTC in particular:
Now is the time to stop this cycle of waste and frustration and to engage in serious and coordinated planning, because the Bay Area needs and deserves better. Without greater transparency and accountability, Regional Measure 3 would result in, at best, moderate improvements in the short run, but no meaningful solution in the long term.
This criticism is especially significant, because of the depth of both his knowledge and his experience in transportation. DeSaulnier has long experience as an MTC Commissioner, as well as Chair of both the Assembly and Senate Transportation Committees.