Transit advocates to open Richmond office to campaign for November ballot measures

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Local transit advocacy organizations announced they will open a Richmond campaign office as part of an effort to convince voters to pass three transit-related ballot measures.

On Thursday, Rich City RIDES and Bike East Bay in partnership with Next Generation Consultants will hold an opening event for the campaign office from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1021 MacDonald Ave. in downtown Richmond.

The transit advocates are hoping voters will favor Measure X, a 30-year, one-half cent sales tax to fund transit improvements including many for cyclists and pedestrians. It requires two-thirds voter support.

They are also supporting BART Bond Measure RR, intended to rebuild the aging rail system, as well as the AC Transit Parcel Tax Renewal Measure C1, which would reauthorize a tax first passed in 2002 that goes toward the operation and maintenance of bus service. The tax is set to sunset in 2018.

“Out of our Richmond Field Office, volunteers will be making phone calls to voters, helping distribute campaign materials, contributing local knowledge to expand the reach of the campaign, and much more community engagement,” officials said.